Definition of glaring in US English:



  • 1attributive Giving out or reflecting a strong or dazzling light.

    ‘the glaring sun’
    • ‘The sun shined its glaring reflection off millions of grains of sand, and at last I found what I was looking for.’
    • ‘There are no windows, and the glaring neon light never turns off.’
    • ‘For seven days he had ridden enshrouded deep within his cloak, his face wrapped in bandages, as they rode under the glaring light of the sun.’
    • ‘It was exhilarating to stand in the store, glaring fluorescent light beaming down upon hundreds of shiny cases, each one containing a story.’
    • ‘The room was lit by a single small and glaring fluorescent light hanging from the ceiling.’
    • ‘A naked blade reflected the glaring sunlight I did not see.’
    • ‘A lamp's glaring light shimmered in her reflective teary eyes.’
    • ‘The auditorium was expectedly dim, the glaring lights focused on the stage and highlighting the difference between that and the crowd.’
    • ‘The ground scrunched unnaturally beneath his feet; the landscape disappeared from glaring brightness into shadows.’
    • ‘In fact, it would be out already, but the studio realized it would cast an even more glaring light on their remake's shortcomings.’
    • ‘The visibility was more than a hundred plus, with the white sand bottom reflecting the glaring sun.’
    • ‘Chris opened her eyes to the brightness of the sun burning on her eyelids and for a moment, her vision was filled with glaring light and she could not tell where she was.’
    • ‘Suddenly a large hunched over figure emerged from the space craft, a single black spot blocking out the glaring light that the vessel reflected.’
    • ‘It was at that exact moment that a set of security lamps decided to kick in and bathe me in their glaring beams of light.’
    • ‘I rationalized it to be a surgeon's light - glaring at me and allowing dozens of general practitioners swoop in like birds of prey.’
    • ‘We wail angrily as the glaring light blinds our new eyes.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a glaring light lit the darkness of the water.’
    • ‘She blinked her eyes open a few times, giving them time to adjust to the harsh, glaring light presented before her.’
    • ‘This year they have been an indictment of them, the most glaring light under which their deficiencies have been exposed.’
    • ‘Placed in a wilderness of dark mountains, the scene is relieved by a flood of glaring light that holds the figures in a tableau of awful impact.’
    dazzling, blinding, blazing, strong, extremely bright, harsh
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  • 2Staring fiercely or fixedly.

    ‘their glaring eyes’
    • ‘Cal ran up to her and stared down into her glaring eyes.’
    • ‘Immediately, Zach's eyes locked with mine in a glaring stare.’
    • ‘The door slammed, and Fiona shot up, staring at a glaring Mark.’
    • ‘Erik couldn't think of anything so he just stared into her glaring eyes and keep thinking.’
    • ‘Clay pointed an accusing finger at Hunter who spun around to stare at the three glaring boys.’
  • 3Highly obvious or conspicuous.

    ‘there is a glaring omission in the above data’
    • ‘Such an event remains a glaring omission in the summer's festival programme.’
    • ‘So if you spot any glaring omissions, let me know and I'll correct the list as soon as I can.’
    • ‘He tries ever so hard to play down the significance of this glaring omission from an otherwise impeccable CV but he doth protest too much, methinks.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, social tensions increased, since this growth accentuated glaring social inequalities.’
    • ‘One glaring defect is the lack of anything definitive for the community to either support or reject.’
    • ‘All in all, the opportunities are glaring and obvious - and greater minds than mine will no doubt be working on the details.’
    • ‘For the most part, no obvious glaring errors appear in either, until we get to the end of the book.’
    • ‘The only glaring complaint that can honestly be made about the disc itself is the lack of an anamorphic video transfer.’
    • ‘I get them to speak about their plans and then try and head off any problems or glaring omissions, so that they have a more realistic outlook on their goals.’
    • ‘The obvious glaring fault with the DVD is the complete lack of special features.’
    • ‘There are probably a few really glaring omissions, but I think it looks like a pretty good stab at it.’
    • ‘Agrarian funds, regional funds and other pots of Brussels' money served to smooth over the most glaring social distortions.’
    • ‘So there is a glaring omission of both countries in dealing with this tactical nuclear weapon question which is on both sides.’
    • ‘This was the glaring omission from not one but two local government bills announced on Wednesday.’
    • ‘Other than the glaring omission they are fairly balanced efforts though.’
    • ‘A quick look at the Club's website highlights a glaring omission.’
    • ‘These measures follow widespread allegations of corruption in the planning process, as well as glaring conflicts of interest among council staff.’
    • ‘The problem lies not in what was stated but in a glaring omission that cuts right to the heart of the pro-choice/pro-life propaganda war.’
    • ‘It gives us permission to overlook the artwork's glaring, intentional omissions.’
    • ‘Did you feel in the storytelling there were any particularly glaring omissions or otherwise historically inaccurate stuff?’
    obvious, conspicuous, plain to see, unmistakable, obtrusive, striking, flagrant, blatant, staring someone in the face, as plain as a pikestaff, as plain as day, inescapable, unmissable, outrageous, gross
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