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’
    • ‘One bag of chips every now and then is NOT a flagrant disregard for their health.’
    • ‘It is this flagrant disregard for human rights and international laws which so angers the Arab people.’
    • ‘The two women were brought to the police station at night, in flagrant violation of rules.’
    • ‘Following an internal probe, 12 members of staff were sacked for flagrant breaches of hygiene rules.’
    • ‘And it results in the most flagrant violations in the administration of justice.’
    • ‘Setting an age limit is a form of age discrimination and a flagrant violation of the citizens' constitutional right to work.’
    • ‘Joe Warwick was blown away not just by the food but by the competitors' flagrant disregard for the rules.’
    • ‘It's difficult to imagine a more flagrant violation of our founding principles than that.’
    • ‘They also highlighted a flagrant disregard by the defendant to correspondence from the council in the case.’
    • ‘Such flagrant breach of its own regulations does not bode well for a euro constitution.’
    • ‘She should not be allowed to feel that she is in control or that she is getting away with her flagrant breach of her obligations.’
    • ‘They said settlements must be respected even if they were in flagrant breach of planning law.’
    • ‘It was not a clear case of a flagrant breach of duty any more than it was an obviously hopeless claim.’
    • ‘Senior lawyers cite a flagrant breach of the presumption of innocence which may jeopardise a future trial.’
    • ‘Yet they were persecuted and locked up in flagrant disregard of their human rights.’
    • ‘There were a few police around, but they were ignoring flagrant breaches of the law.’
    • ‘That too has to be seen against numerous flagrant violations of human rights, which are largely ignored.’
    • ‘It's a flagrant breach of the unwritten rules, but who's to stop her?’
    • ‘It was obvious by the flagrant manner in which they were speaking and the discord their steps and words caused.’
    • ‘He is someone that shows flagrant disregard for the orders.’
    blatant, glaring, obvious, overt, evident, conspicuous
    naked, barefaced, shameless, brazen, audacious, brass-necked
    undisguised, unconcealed, patent, transparent, manifest, palpable
    out and out, utter, complete
    outrageous, scandalous, shocking, disgraceful, reprehensible, dreadful, terrible
    gross, enormous, heinous, atrocious, monstrous, wicked, iniquitous, villainous
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Late 15th century (in the sense blazing, resplendent): from French, or from Latin flagrant- blazing from the verb flagrare.