flagrant


flagrant
blatant, flagrant
1. Blatant was, invented late in the 16c by the poet Spenser as an epithet of a thousand-tongued monster in The Faerie Queene. It now means ‘glaringly conspicuous’, and overlaps in meaning with flagrant but has rather less of flagrant's implications of offensiveness: It was a blatant lie means that the lie was obvious; It was a flagrant lie means that (when discovered) it was outrageous. Blatant typically modifies words such as attempt, discrimination, disregard, disrespect, hypocrisy, intrigue, lie, mischief, racism, rip-off, and violation; flagrant also modifies disregard and violation, as well as abuse, breach, denial, dishonesty, example, foul, impropriety, incompetence, and violator.
2. The adverbial form blatantly (unlike flagrantly) has developed a weakened meaning, especially in youth slang, as a stock form of intensifier like absolutely and extremely.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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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, 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 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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