glar·​ing | \ ˈgler-iŋ How to pronounce glaring (audio) \

Definition of glaring

1 : having a fixed look of hostility, fierceness, or anger
2a : shining with or reflecting an uncomfortably bright light
b(1) : garish
(2) : vulgarly ostentatious
3 : obtrusively and often painfully obvious a glaring error

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Other Words from glaring

glaringly \ ˈgler-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce glaringly (audio) \ adverb
glaringness noun

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flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned. flagrant abuse of the office of president glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper. glaring errors gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits. gross carelessness rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned. rank heresy

Examples of glaring in a Sentence

a glaring example of racism no one missed the glaring spelling error in the title

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With a six-game lead in the American League West and the fourth-best record in all of baseball, the Astros almost undoubtedly will make the postseason again, but the glaring need for another starting pitcher is becoming more obvious with each day. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Possible targets in deals at baseball's trade deadline," 15 July 2019 The 6-foot-2, 240 pounder fills a glaring need for the Bengals. Tyler Dragon,, "Rookie linebacker Germaine Pratt signs deal with Cincinnati Bengals," 27 June 2019 Considering the question marks on if Durant returns and how long Thompson would need to heal, the Warriors at least would not have a glaring hole at the center spot by retaining Cousins. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "How will the Warriors handle Durant, Klay and their other free agents?," 27 June 2019 But as the online retail giant competes with Google and Apple to power the smart homes and cars of the future, that lack of a mobile device has become a glaring hole. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Is Amazon looking to get back into the mobile phone business?," 7 June 2019 Perhaps the most glaring example of Trump circumventing the Senate’s constitutional duty came earlier this month. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "An Administration Run by Temp Workers," 19 June 2019 That’s not even addressing perhaps the Sharks most glaring regular-season problem, the NHL’s worst save percentage and arguably league-worst goaltending tandem. Garrett Wroblewski/guest Columnist, The Mercury News, "Patrick Marleau to Sharks: A reunion not to be denied," 9 June 2019 Under the Indian Child Welfare Act, the baby would have gone to the Navajo, absent a glaring problem. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, a handful of glaring design problems continue to be unsolved. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Palm's Tiny Phone Is the Most Interesting—And Dumbest—Thing to Happen to Phones in Ages," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of glaring

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glaring

see glare entry 1

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The first known use of glaring was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of glaring

: very obvious or noticeable
: shining with a harsh, bright light
: having a look of anger


glar·​ing | \ ˈgler-iŋ\

Kids Definition of glaring

1 : so bright as to be harsh glaring sunlight
2 : very noticeable a glaring error

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