glar·​ing | \ˈgler-iŋ \

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 \ 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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The Detroit Pistons went into the offseason with a glaring issue. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons addition of Glenn Robinson III bolsters wing depth," 2 July 2018 Herman, and the school, are hoping his reputation is something that can fix a glaring issue in the last few years: participation. Steve Sousa,, "Right time for Don Herman’s return as Martha’s Vineyard football coach," 30 June 2018 While there’s not one glaring issue that puts him at immediate injury risk, there’s a varying degree of concern about how his frame will hold up long-term. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 Sophomore Height: 6-6 • Weight: 205 An explosive athlete with good length and strength, Battle’s most glaring issue will be shot selection. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft: Suns take Deandre Ayton at No. 1, Kings settle on star Luka Doncic," 16 May 2018 The report furnished by BMT Risk Management found no glaring issues within Louisville's athletic department. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Costs are high - and rising - in Louisville's basketball scandal cleanup," 7 May 2018 Undercounting of demographic groups was a glaring issue: In 1970, for example, more than 6 percent of African Americans went uncounted, compared to 2 percent of whites. Eric H. Holder Jr., New Republic, "How the Trump administration’s scheme to rig the census threatens American democracy," 20 Feb. 2018 But what was an obvious wart heading into the season has not always been a glaring issue. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes dirty secret is getting exposed, can they fix their guard problem?," 18 Feb. 2018 Even setting aside the glaring consent issues, and the violence underlying every painfully civil moment, the ceremony is the opposite of erotic. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid’s Tale Episode 4 Reveals the Sick Joke at the Heart Of Gilead," 3 May 2017

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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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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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