from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unpleasantly loud and noisy: "There are those who find the trombones blatant and the triangle silly, but both add effective color” ( Musical Heritage Review). See Synonyms at vociferous.
  • adj. Usage Problem Totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive: a blatant lie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bellowing, as a calf; bawling; brawling; clamoring; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly.
  • adj. Obvious, on show

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bellowing, as a calf; bawling; brawling; clamoring; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bellowing; bawling; noisy; loud-talking or loud-sounding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
  • adj. without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious


From Latin blatīre, to blab (on the model of words such as rampant).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1596) coined by Edmund Spenser ("blatant beast"). Probably a variation of *blatand (Scots blaitand), present participle of blate, a variation of bleat, equivalent to blate +‎ -and. See bleat. (Wiktionary)


  • WORD CORRECT PRONUNCIATION alma mater _alma mater_ apparatus _apparatus_ apricot _apricot_ attaché _attasha'_ audacious _audashus_ ballet _bal'la_ blasé _blaza'_ blatant _blatant_ chasten _chasen_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • While Senate Republicans joined Democrats in pounding on the Goldman executives at the hearing and expressed comparable outrage over what they described as blatant conflicts of interest in the structuring of Goldman deals, they confidently trooped over to the Senate floor to vote again to block the bill.

    Robert Greenwald: Sanders: Scream and Shout for Wall Street Reform

  • On recovering Bureche farm, National lands Institute (INTI) officials faced an angry oligarch opposing what he calls the blatant invasion of private property.

    Venezuela's Agrarian Reform in Action - INTI vs. Sigala in Barquisimeto

  • It also criticised what it called the blatant disregard of the principals of consultation embodied in the African National

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Commission to prevent what it termed blatant racism by a rightwing cultural organisation which was allowing only whites to enter a writing competition.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Nigerian government of what it called blatant contempt for the rule of law.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mr Buthelezi on Wednesday criticised the media in general for what he termed their blatant misrepresentation of the IFP position at multiparty talks.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In his new message, titled "The Dawn of Imminent Victory," al-Zawahri also lashed out at the United States for what he called "blatant deception" in showing support for the Arab uprisings while keeping strong ties with leaders in the absolute monarchies of the Gulf, like Saudi Arabia.

    The Seattle Times

  • Freedom From Religion Foundation say that in the last few years, they have learned more often about what they call blatant violations like the South Carolina rally.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Polly Curtis, Whitehall correspondent Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, hit at "the attack on our pensions" which he called "blatant robbery".

    The Guardian World News


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  • adjective: without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

    Allen was often punished in school for blatantly disrespecting teachers.

    October 19, 2016

  • "Better blatant than latent" has always been my motto. (I don't know if that says more about me or the word... :-)

    July 20, 2009