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flagrant Syllabification: fla·grant
Pronunciation: /ˈflāɡrənt/

Definition of flagrant in English:


(Of something considered wrong or immoral) conspicuously or obviously offensive: his flagrant bad taste a flagrant violation of the law
More example sentences
  • It was not a clear case of a flagrant breach of duty any more than it was an obviously hopeless claim.
  • Following an internal probe, 12 members of staff were sacked for flagrant breaches of hygiene rules.
  • It's a flagrant breach of the unwritten rules, but who's to stop her?
blatant, glaring, obvious, overt, conspicuous, barefaced, shameless, brazen, undisguised, unconcealed;
outrageous, scandalous, shocking, disgraceful, dreadful, terrible, gross


Late 15th century (in the sense 'blazing, resplendent'): from French, or from Latin flagrant- 'blazing', from the verb flagrare.

  • Early senses of flagrant with meanings such as ‘glorious’ and ‘blazing’ were positive. The word comes from the Latin word flagrare ‘to blaze’, as in conflagration (Late Middle English), and is recorded from the late 15th century. Flamboyant (mid 19th century) and flame (Middle English) itself go back to the same root. The Latin original is also found in the phrase in flagrante (delicto) literally ‘in blazing crime’, and usually used to mean that someone has been caught in bed with someone else's partner.



Pronunciation: /ˈflāɡrənsē/
Example sentences
  • For all his flagrancy, though, his jokes wouldn't be half as funny without the art.
  • They claimed, amongst other things, an inquiry as to damages including damages for flagrancy and alternatively an account of the profits.
  • To measure the flagrancy of this statement, imagine if the Commission had chosen to advocate against all crib use based on the occurrences of accidental strangulation, suffocation, or SIDS death associated with solitary sleep.

Words that rhyme with flagrant

fragrant, vagrant

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