Definition of blatant in English:

blatant

Line breaks: bla|tant
Pronunciation: /ˈbleɪt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

blatancy

noun
More example sentences
  • Given the various attempts, with increasing blatancy, to cook the upcoming election, I am reminded of an old comment on elections.
  • He sees the weakness of the administration as being in its blatancy, yet this is testimony only to its strength.
  • One thing that could be a bit off-putting is that he uses a great deal of harsh language and blatancy, which can often be offensive.

blatantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • In such a contest, the family has no choice but to blatantly manipulate the election to assure victory.
  • She has blatantly manipulated words and meanings to convey her own prejudiced message.
  • While most of the crowd remained motionless, their enthusiasm was blatantly evident.

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps an alteration of Scots blatand 'bleating'. It was first used by Spenser as an epithet for a thousand-tongued monster produced by Cerberus and Chimaera, a symbol of calumny, which he called the blatant beast. It was subsequently used to mean 'clamorous, offensive to the ear', first of people (mid 17th century), later of things (late 18th century); the sense 'unashamedly conspicuous' arose in the late 19th century.

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