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 heavy reliance on informants is particularly glaring, given the potential that some are motivated by personal grudges. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 The heavy reliance on informants is particularly glaring, given the potential that some are motivated by personal grudges. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 Those problems were more glaring when set next to Gucci, which has powered Kering’s results with its loyal following of millennial customers. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Bottega Veneta Picks British Designer Daniel Lee as Creative Director," 15 June 2018 The more glaring oversight in Tuesday’s reporting on both programs is that the trustees made crystal clear that policies of congressional Republicans and the Trump White House have damaged the financial prospects of both programs. Michael Hiltzik,, "Social Security and Medicare trustees confirm: GOP policies have hurt both programs," 5 June 2018 This logical and emotional hole might not have been so glaring if the film successfully executed on other character arcs. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Avengers Infinity War review: What’s missing from this 2.5-hour romp? Hope," 26 Apr. 2018 The lack of representation in Congress is glaring and might not change any time soon, as all three incumbents are preparing to run for reelection. James Pindell,, "Believe it or not, a New England state is the only one to never send a woman to Congress," 24 Apr. 2018 But the work had been better, with a few glaring exceptions. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' starters still among MLB's worst. But here's why they've been better recently," 22 June 2018 Modest and unassuming, Bay Harbor Islands has for many years shunned the glaring spotlight desired by other local areas — until recently. Alexandra C. Peters-rutten, miamiherald, "There is no better place to live and invest than Bay Harbor Islands in South Florida | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 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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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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