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
Recent Examples on the Web The Territorial Cup game, which the Sun Devils have won the past three seasons, is perhaps the most glaring change in Arizona's 10-game, conference-only schedule. Justin Spears, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Wildcats' 2020 college football schedule unveiled by Pac-12 Conference," 1 Aug. 2020 Most analyses figure Ohio as a low priority for Democrats’ path to the White, making the purchase all the more glaring. cleveland, "Trump campaign makes hefty $18 million fall TV ad buy in Ohio," 30 June 2020 The most glaring difference between the two posts is that Phariss does not disclose that the legend is untrue. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No, Freddy Krueger was not a real 19th century serial killer," 12 July 2020 This weekend’s developments, though hasty in their addition, are another small step toward solving a glaring issue. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar introduces new cooling, hydration measures to address cockpit heat: 'It’s brutal'," 10 July 2020 What a glaring, dreadful contrast to the scene in New York, where USTA officials are desperately trying to figure out a way to host the U.S. Open without spectators. Bruce Jenkins,, "Novak Djokovic’s stunt backfires, and tennis loses," 26 June 2020 The directory map for the Northfield Square Mall in Bourbonnais, Ill., has three glaring spaces where large department stores once stood. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "With Department Stores Disappearing, Malls Could Be Next," 5 July 2020 Kaepernick had the audacity – and courage -- four years ago to call out police brutality against people of color, and plead for America to acknowledge its most fundamental and glaring flaw. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL's gestures in confronting racism are meaningless so long as Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned," 3 July 2020 But YouTube TV hopes to close that gap by plugging a glaring hole in its channel offerings. cleveland, "YouTube TV raises price by 30 percent, adds more channels," 1 July 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce glaring (audio)

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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