flagrant


flagrant
flagrant, glaring, gross, rank are comparable as derogatory intensives meaning conspicuously or outstandingly bad or unpleasant.
Flagrant usually applies to offenses, transgressions, or errors which are so bad that they cannot escape notice or be condoned
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his treatise is marked by several flagrant errors

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a flagrant abuse of the executive power

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flagrant injustice

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open and flagrant mutiny— Kipling

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in flagrant violation of all the New York proprieties— Wharton

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Glaring carries an even stronger implication of obtrusiveness than flagrant; the term is often applied to something which is so evidently or so conspicuously wrong, improper, or faulty as to inflict such distress or pain upon the observer as might too vivid a color or too harsh a light
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a glaring fault in a design

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a glaring inconsistency in his argument

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his second novel is in glaring contrast to his first novel

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this evil is so glaring, so inexcusable— Shaw

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glaring imperfections which go far beyond a mere lack of verbal felicity— Krutch

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Gross (see also COARSE; WHOLE 2) is even more derogatory than flagrant or glaring because it suggests a magnitude or degree of badness that is beyond all bounds and wholly inexcusable or unpardonable. However, the term is not so often referred to evil acts or serious offenses as it is to human attitudes, qualities, or faults that merit severe condemnation
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gross carelessness

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gross stupidity

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gross superstition

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Elizabethan and Jacobean poetry . . . had serious defects, even gross faults— T. S. Eliot

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the hero is as gross an imposture as the heroine— Shaw

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they must read as the grossest impropriety and rankest treason— Sperry

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even illness cannot excuse such unfilial behavior and such gross folly— Graves

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Rank (see also RANK 1) applies chiefly to nouns that are terms of reproach; it implies that the person or thing described by such a term is extremely, utterly, or violently whatever he or it is declared to be
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O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven— Shak.

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till she looked less of a rank lunatic— Meredith

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it was hatred, simple hatred, that rank poison fatal to Mr. Hazard's health, which now plagued his veins— Wylie

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rank heresy

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rank nonsense

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it would be rank madness to attempt such a journey in this weather

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Analogous words: heinous, *outrageous, atrocious, monstrous: nefarious, flagitious, infamous (see VICIOUS)

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  • flagrant — flagrant, ante [ flagrɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1413; lat. flagrans, de flagrare « flamber » 1 ♦ Dr. Qui est commis, vient de se commettre sous les yeux mêmes de celui qui le constate. Loc. cour. Flagrant délit. ⇒fam. flag. 2 ♦ (déb. XIXe) Qui éclate aux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • flagrant — FLAGRÁNT, Ă, flagranţi, te, adj. Care sare în ochi; izbitor, evident. ♢ Flagrant delict = infracţiune descoperită în momentul savârşirii ei sau înainte ca efectele ei să se fi consumat. – Din fr. flagrant. Trimis de lil meaniegirl, 04.01.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • flagrant — flagrant, ante (fla gran, gran t ) adj. Qui se commet au moment même. •   Pris en flagrant délit, affaire criminelle, RAC. Plaid. II, 5. •   La première preuve est le flagrant délit ; elle atteste le fait, mais elle n atteste pas toujours que… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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. [1913 Webster] The beadle s lash still flagrant on their back. Prior. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flagrant — Adj deutlich hervorstechend per. Wortschatz fremd. Erkennbar fremd (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus gleichbedeutendem frz. flagrant, das auf l. flagrāns, nt zurückgeht, dem PPräs. von l. flagrāre brennen, lodern . Im juristischen Sprachgebrauch …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Flagrant — (lat.), brennend, hitzig; offen vor Augen liegend. Crimen (delictum) flagrans, ein Verbrechen, bei dem jemand auf frischer oder handhafter Tat (in flagranti) ergriffen, wurde nach römischem Recht und nach der Carolina als eine Unterart des Crimen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • flagrant — I adjective aiming for effect, apparent, arrant, audacious, blatant, bold, brazen, clear, conspicuous, daring, done for effect, enormous, flagitious, flaming into notice, flashy, flaunting, glaring, gross, immodest, impudens, infamous, loud,… …   Law dictionary

  • flagrant — FLAGRANT. adj. Il n est en usage qu en cette phrase. Flagrant delit, pour dire, Un delit où l on est pris sur le fait …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Flagránt — (lat.), brennend; heftig; deutlich ins Auge fallend, frisch geschehend; in flagranti, auf frischer Tat …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Flagrant — Flagrant, lat. deutsch, brennend; heftig; eben geschehend oder geschehen; in flagranti, auf der That …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon


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