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Flagrant definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FLA'GRANT, a. [L. flagrans, from flagro, to burn; Gr.]
1. Burning; ardent; eager; as flagrant desires.
2. Glowing; red; flushed.
See Sapho, at her toilet's greasy task,
Then issuing flagrant to an evening mask.
3. Red; inflamed.
The beadle's lash still flagrant on their back.
[The foregoing senses are unusual.]
4. Flaming in notice; glaring; notorious; enormous; as a flagrant crime.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery" [syn: crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Latin flagrant-, flagrans, present participle of flagrare to burn more at black Date: 1513 1. archaic fiery hot ; burning 2. conspicuously offensive <flagrant errors>; especially so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality <flagrant violations of human rights> flagrantly adverb Synonyms: 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>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (of an offence or an offender) glaring; notorious; scandalous. Derivatives: flagrancy n. flagrantly adv. Etymology: F flagrant or L flagrant- part. stem of flagrare blaze

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Flagrant Fla"grant, a. [L. flagrans, -antis, p. pr. of flagrate to burn, akin to Gr. ?: cf. F. flagrant. Cf. Flame, Phlox.] 1. Flaming; inflamed; glowing; burning; ardent. The beadle's lash still flagrant on their back. --Prior. A young man yet flagrant from the lash of the executioner or the beadle. --De Quincey. Flagrant desires and affections. --Hooker. 2. Actually in preparation, execution, or performance; carried on hotly; raging. A war the most powerful of the native tribes was flagrant. --Palfrey. 3. Flaming into notice; notorious; enormous; heinous; glaringly wicked. Syn: Atrocious; flagitious; glaring. See Atrocious.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

You can use flagrant to describe an action, situation, or someone's behaviour that you find extremely bad or shocking in a very obvious way. The judge called the decision 'a flagrant violation of international law'... = blatant ADJ: ADJ n [disapproval] flagrantly It is a situation where basic human rights are being flagrantly abused. = blatantly ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Flaming, glowing, burning, raging. 2. Notorious, crying, glaring, enormous, flagitious.

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