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

Example Sentences

a glaring example of racism no one missed the glaring spelling error in the title
Recent Examples on the Web The way this debut season has gone for Watson – with glaring drops, injury setbacks and second-guessing against the backdrop of enormous pressure – the TD celebration was quite the symbolic gesture. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2022 This was the third consecutive quarter in which Target has missed Wall Street expectations on earnings per share, though—a glaring blemish for a company that is so used to beating them. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 The House passed the act 315-109—a decent showing of bipartisanship, yet a glaring mark on the 109 Republicans who voted against it. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 The sweatshirt campaign also highlighted a glaring statistic that affects our community, less than 2.5% of lawyers are Black women. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 15 Nov. 2022 It’s a glaring absence that shows that the Recording Academy still has a lot to learn about music in other languages. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2022 Holmes, 38, will learn her fate in the same San Jose California, courtroom where her high-profile trial cast a glaring spotlight on Silicon Valley’s penchant for hype and hubris. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2022 Holmes, 38, will learn her fate in the same San Jose, California courtroom where her high-profile trial cast a glaring spotlight on Silicon Valley's penchant for hype and hubris. CBS News, 11 Nov. 2022 As schools have reopened and the challenges facing children remain as glaring as ever, education philanthropy has a significant role to play in how schools innovate and tackle many of these issues. Michael B. Horn, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Glaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: painfully obvious
a glaring mistake
glaringly adverb
glaringness noun

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