glar·​ing ˈgler-iŋ How to pronounce glaring (audio)
: having a fixed look of hostility, fierceness, or anger
: shining with or reflecting an uncomfortably bright light
: garish
: vulgarly ostentatious
: obtrusively and often painfully obvious
a glaring error
glaringly 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
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Word History


see glare entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glaring was in the 14th century

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“Glaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: painfully obvious
a glaring mistake
glaringly adverb
glaringness noun

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