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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The Hawks’ most glaring need remains improving defensively, which may not necessarily happen by changing up their current defensemen. Jimmy Greenfield,, "‘There will be more trades to come’: NHL free agency is almost here, but that’s just one way Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is looking to improve the roster," 22 June 2019 The Miami Dolphins will begin training camp on Thursday without a starting defender, and another player who seemed able to provide significant help to a glaring position of need this season. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins to start training camp without starting safety; waive pass rusher," 24 July 2019 In college, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and some classmates on our Tallahassee campus claimed to have seen the glaring streak in the sky. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "Apollo 11 stepping out in faith," 23 July 2019 In northern Kenya lies the Loisaba Conservancy, far, far away from the glaring lights of Nairobi — or any sort of light pollution, for that matter. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 My window blinds were open, and the moon was big and pocked and glaring. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 But there was a glaring omission on the invitation list for briefing top congressional leaders and national security committee chairmen. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "'How Many People Will Be Killed?': Why Trump Decided Against Striking Iran," 22 June 2019 There is a glaring omission in this blithe assertion. WSJ, "Many Schools Took Johnny But Not the Brightest Jane," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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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