Definitions

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

  • adj. Conspicuously bad, offensive, or reprehensible: a flagrant miscarriage of justice; flagrant cases of wrongdoing at the highest levels of government. See Usage Note at blatant.
  • adj. Obsolete Flaming; blazing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous
  • adj. On fire, flaming.
  • adj. Common misspelling of fragrant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flaming; inflamed; glowing; burning; ardent.
  • adj. Actually in preparation, execution, or performance; carried on hotly; raging.
  • adj. Flaming into notice; notorious; enormous; heinous; glaringly wicked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Burning; blazing; hence, shining; glorious.
  • Hence Ardent; eager.
  • Raging; in action; actually in progress.
  • Glaring; notorious; scandalous: as, a flagrant crime: rarely used of persons.
  • Synonyms Wicked, Heinous, etc. see atrocious.

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

  • adj. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Etymologies

Latin flagrāns, flagrant-, present participle of flagrāre, to burn; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin flagrantem, present participle of flagrō ("blaze, burn"). More at black. (Wiktionary)
From Latin frāgrans, participle of frāgrō (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says he has begun compiling evidence of what he describes as flagrant human rights abuses and grave atrocities perpetrated by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi against anti-government protesters.

    Libyan Opposition Compiling Evidence of Gadhafi Abuse, Atrocities

  • Syrian state media condemned Secretary Clinton's remarks, calling it additional evidence of what it called "flagrant interference" by the United States in Syria's internal affairs.

    Congressional Panel Calls for UN Action on Syrian Government Repression of Demonstrators

  • He's condemned what he called the flagrant aggression of Israel's bombardment of Southern Lebanon.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2006

  • The United States said Wednesday it would lead a campaign to condemn Zimbabwe for what it called flagrant and ruinous human rights abuses at the upcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The United States said last month that it would lead a campaign to condemn Zimbabwe for what it called flagrant and ruinous human rights abuses at the Commission's annual meeting, which ends next week.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council, a grouping that includes Saudi Arabia and Qatar, asked the United Nations Security Council to stop what it calls "flagrant Iranian interference" in Bahrain and other GCC countries.

    WSJ.com: What's News US

  • Kadafi declared he was willing to die defending Libya and, in a statement broadcast hours after the attacks began, condemned what he called "flagrant military aggression."

    latimes.com - News

  • Libya and, in a statement broadcast hours after the attacks began, condemned what he called "flagrant military aggression."

    latimes.com - News

  • Kadafi declared he was willing to die defending Libya, and in a statement broadcast hours after the attacks began, condemned what he called "flagrant military aggression."

    latimes.com - News

  • Moallem criticized the international community for its inability to curb what he described as flagrant violations of international law.

    iToot Stream

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