[fley-gruh nt] /ˈfleɪ grənt/

shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring:
a flagrant error.
notorious; scandalous:
a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.
openly outrageous
(obsolete) burning or blazing

c.1500, “resplendent,” from Latin flagrantem (nominative flagrans) “burning, blazing, glowing,” figuratively “glowing with passion, eager, vehement,” present participle of flagrare “to burn, blaze, glow” from Latin root *flag-, corresponding to PIE *bhleg- “to shine, flash, burn” (cf. Greek phlegein “to burn, scorch,” Latin fulgere “to shine”), from root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, burn” (see bleach (v.)). Sense of “glaringly offensive” first recorded 1706, probably from common legalese phrase in flagrante delicto “red-handed,” literally “with the crime still blazing.” Related: Flagrantly.


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