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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Perhaps the best argument in favor of Brazil: Despite some uninspiring play early in the group stage, Tite’s side remains the most well-rounded of the major contenders, lacking any glaring weakness. Staff,, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 But for the Tar Heels, a glaring weakness is the injury bug. Safid Deen,, "North Carolina aims to rebound from rough year, is No. 71 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 17 June 2018 And later, a glaring example of huge liberal hypocrisy, Juanita Broaddrick will join us in studio. Fox News, "Hannity: Democrats have turned SCOTUS process into a sham," 27 Sep. 2018 Perhaps the most glaring example of this involves Paradise contestant Leo Dottavio. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Bachelor in Paradise," 29 Aug. 2018 But there’s one big, glaring omission: No songs from Mary Poppins Returns are nominated in the Original Song category. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 Providing a sneak peek at a glaring omission that has surfaced, not on the surface of the moon. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Dems' behavior at Kavanaugh hearings," 6 Sep. 2018 Among the statement’s most glaring omissions, said Daniel R. Russel, a former diplomat who worked on North Korea for President Obama, was the lack of reference to North Korea’s ballistic missiles. Mark Landler,, "The summit was unprecedented, the statement vague, and the day historic," 13 June 2018 But Season 2 of the Freeform show has started off by rectifying the most glaring omission of its preceding installment: the incongruous characterization of Kat, the only lead of color. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Bold Type Delivers on Its Leads," 13 June 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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