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 glaring (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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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Glaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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

More from Merriam-Webster on glaring

Nglish: Translation of glaring for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glaring for Arabic Speakers


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