Definition of glaring in US English:



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

    ‘the glaring sun’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly a large hunched over figure emerged from the space craft, a single black spot blocking out the glaring light that the vessel reflected.’
    • ‘A naked blade reflected the glaring sunlight I did not see.’
    • ‘The sun shined its glaring reflection off millions of grains of sand, and at last I found what I was looking for.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a glaring light lit the darkness of the water.’
    • ‘The ground scrunched unnaturally beneath his feet; the landscape disappeared from glaring brightness into shadows.’
    • ‘The auditorium was expectedly dim, the glaring lights focused on the stage and highlighting the difference between that and the crowd.’
    • ‘In fact, it would be out already, but the studio realized it would cast an even more glaring light on their remake's shortcomings.’
    • ‘We wail angrily as the glaring light blinds our new eyes.’
    • ‘The visibility was more than a hundred plus, with the white sand bottom reflecting the glaring sun.’
    • ‘I rationalized it to be a surgeon's light - glaring at me and allowing dozens of general practitioners swoop in like birds of prey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This year they have been an indictment of them, the most glaring light under which their deficiencies have been exposed.’
    • ‘It was exhilarating to stand in the store, glaring fluorescent light beaming down upon hundreds of shiny cases, each one containing a story.’
    • ‘She blinked her eyes open a few times, giving them time to adjust to the harsh, glaring light presented before her.’
    • ‘The room was lit by a single small and glaring fluorescent light hanging from the ceiling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lamp's glaring light shimmered in her reflective teary eyes.’
    dazzling, blinding, blazing, strong, extremely bright, harsh
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  • 2Staring fiercely or fixedly.

    ‘their glaring eyes’
    • ‘Clay pointed an accusing finger at Hunter who spun around to stare at the three glaring boys.’
    • ‘Cal ran up to her and stared down into her glaring eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately, Zach's eyes locked with mine in a glaring stare.’
  • 3Highly obvious or conspicuous.

    ‘there is a glaring omission in the above data’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did you feel in the storytelling there were any particularly glaring omissions or otherwise historically inaccurate stuff?’
    • ‘So if you spot any glaring omissions, let me know and I'll correct the list as soon as I can.’
    • ‘The only glaring complaint that can honestly be made about the disc itself is the lack of an anamorphic video transfer.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, social tensions increased, since this growth accentuated glaring social inequalities.’
    • ‘For the most part, no obvious glaring errors appear in either, until we get to the end of the book.’
    • ‘It gives us permission to overlook the artwork's glaring, intentional omissions.’
    • ‘All in all, the opportunities are glaring and obvious - and greater minds than mine will no doubt be working on the details.’
    • ‘Such an event remains a glaring omission in the summer's festival programme.’
    • ‘This was the glaring omission from not one but two local government bills announced on Wednesday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One glaring defect is the lack of anything definitive for the community to either support or reject.’
    • ‘Other than the glaring omission they are fairly balanced efforts though.’
    • ‘Agrarian funds, regional funds and other pots of Brussels' money served to smooth over the most glaring social distortions.’
    • ‘These measures follow widespread allegations of corruption in the planning process, as well as glaring conflicts of interest among council staff.’
    • ‘So there is a glaring omission of both countries in dealing with this tactical nuclear weapon question which is on both sides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A quick look at the Club's website highlights a glaring omission.’
    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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