glaring

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adjective glar·ing \ˈgler-iŋ\

Definition of glaring

  1. 1 :  having a fixed look of hostility, fierceness, or anger

  2. 2a :  shining with or reflecting an uncomfortably bright lightb (1) :  garish (2) :  vulgarly ostentatious

  3. 3 :  obtrusively and often painfully obvious <a glaring error>

glaringly

play \ˈgler-iŋ-lē\ adverb

glaringness

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Examples of glaring in a sentence

  1. a glaring example of racism

  2. <no one missed the glaring spelling error in the title>

Origin and Etymology of glaring

see 1glare


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

GLARING Defined for English Language Learners

glaring

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adjective glar·ing \ˈgler-iŋ\

Definition of glaring for English Language Learners

  • : very obvious or noticeable

  • : shining with a harsh, bright light

  • : having a look of anger


GLARING Defined for Kids

glaring

adjective glar·ing \ˈgler-iŋ\

Definition of glaring for Students

  1. 1 :  so bright as to be harsh <glaring sunlight>

  2. 2 :  very noticeable <a glaring error>



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