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

Other Words from glaring

glaringly \ ˈgler-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce glaring (audio) \ adverb
glaringness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for glaring

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 Most glaring were the communication breakdowns on both sides of the ball. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 The exodus is most glaring in the 12th District, where Mr. Nadler and Ms. Maloney were drawn together after three decades serving side by side and are now fighting (alongside a third candidate, Suraj Patel) over uptown voters who like them both. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2022 The other contenders to be the top pick – Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren – are known for their defensive ability, which makes Banchero’s weakness on that end all the more glaring. Matt Young, Chron, 23 June 2022 But there are many other barriers that prevent individualized care, the most glaring of which is how the health system financially disincentivizes this kind of care. Frederick Isasi, STAT, 23 June 2022 During the regular season, the damage inflicted is not quite as glaring because Curry just moves on to his next city to humiliate his next victim. Nicole Yang,, 14 June 2022 If the bill is to pass, let’s hope lawmakers see fit to at least fix a glaring hole in the legislation. Jack Wolfsohn, National Review, 5 Aug. 2022 Another glaring hole on the Cincinnati offense is the one left by Pierce, Ridder's top target during each of the last three seasons. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 2 June 2022 But ignoring this issue will only lead to stories where the absence of Avengers heroes becomes a glaring plot hole. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Glaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for glaring


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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