bla·​tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio) \

Definition of blatant

1 : noisy especially in a vulgar or offensive manner : clamorous
2 : completely obvious, conspicuous, or obtrusive especially in a crass or offensive manner : brazen blatant disregard for the rules

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blatantly adverb

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vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out. vociferous cries of protest and outrage clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting. clamorous demands for prison reforms blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness. blatant rock music a blatant clamor for impeachment strident suggests harsh and discordant noise. heard the strident cry of the crow boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits. a boisterous crowd of party goers obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint. the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

Examples of blatant in a Sentence

Blatant racial and gender discrimination is just about over. — Gregg Esterbrook, New Republic, 20 Dec. 1999 The surcharges are particularly galling … because they seem to amount to blatant double dipping. — John Greenwald, Time, 29 Nov. 1999 He showed a blatant disregard for the safety of other drivers. a blatant clamor for the impeachment of the scandal-plagued governor
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Recent Examples on the Web Their blatant disregard for the rest of us is breathtakingly inconsiderate and irresponsible. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Without blatantly stating the obvious, Penn indicated that the move from these publications is a blatant disregard of its Black cast, Black production staff, culturally Black subject matter, and Black audience. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 These stars below have kept the spirit of their characters' wardrobes alive, by taking outfit inspirations from them in subtle (or blatant!) ways. Christian Allair, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2021 Lopez said there should be procedures in place to inspect workplaces whenever a blatant violation has occurred — whether or not workers are in a position to put their names on the record. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 25 July 2021 Rapp, in his redirect examination of Svendgard, asked about her blatant violations of the rules on Backpage. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 The county has also partnered with Metropolitan Public Defenders to screen eviction notices for blatant violations to try to settle evictions before a tenant ends up in court. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 The farmers program is a blatant violation of the Constitution’s equal protection clause. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 This is a blatant power grab — part of the radical Marxists’ plan to destroy and remake our country. Marco Rubio, National Review, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of blatant

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blatant

perhaps from Latin blatire to chatter

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The first known use of blatant was in 1596

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16 Oct 2021

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“Blatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blatant

: very obvious and offensive


bla·​tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio) \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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