blatant

  • 1Blatant — Bla tant, a. [Cf. {Bleat}.] Bellowing, as a calf; bawling; brawling; clamoring; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly. Harsh and blatant tone. R. H. Dana. [1913 Webster] A monster, which the blatant beast men call. Spenser. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2blatant — blatant, flagrant 1. Blatant was, invented late in the 16c by the poet Spenser as an epithet of a thousand tongued monster in The Faerie Queene. It now means ‘glaringly conspicuous’, and overlaps in meaning with flagrant but has rather less of… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3blatant — (adj.) 1596, in blatant beast, coined by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queen to describe a thousand tongued monster representing slander; probably suggested by L. blatire to babble. It entered general use 1650s, as noisy in an offensive and vulgar …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4blatant — [adj1] obvious; brazen arrant, bald, barefaced, brassy, clear, conspicuous, crying, flagrant, flashy, flaunting, garish, gaudy, glaring, glitzy, impudent, loud, meretricious, naked, obtrusive, ostentatious, outright, overbold, overt, plain,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5blatant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ open and unashamed; flagrant. DERIVATIVES blatancy noun blatantly adverb. ORIGIN first used by the poet Edmund Spenser in blatant beast to describe a thousand tongued monster, then in the sense «clamorous»: perhaps from Scots… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6blatant — [blāt′ nt] adj. [coined by SPENSER2 Edmund, prob. < L blaterare, to babble, or E dial. blate, to bellow] 1. disagreeably loud or boisterous; clamorous 2. glaringly conspicuous or obtrusive [blatant ignorance] SYN. VOCIFEROUS blatantly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7blatant — I (conspicuous) adjective apparent, celebrated, clear, discernible, exposed, famous, manifest, noticeable, notorious, observable, obvious, outstanding, overt, patent, perceivable, plain, prominent, public, sensational, well known II (obtrusive)… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8blatant — clamorous, *vociferous, strident, boisterous, obstreperous Analogous words: assertive, self assertive, pushing, *aggressive, militant: *vocal, articulate, voluble, glib: vulgar, *coarse, gross Antonyms: decorous: reserved Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9blatant — [16] Blatant appears to have been coined, or at least introduced, by the poet Edmund Spenser. In the Faerie Queene 1596 he describes how ‘unto themselves they [Envy and Detraction] gotten had a monster which the blatant beast men call, a dreadful …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 10blatant —  , flagrant  The words are not quite synonymous. Something that is blatant is glaringly obvious and contrived ( a blatant lie ) or willfully obnoxious ( blatant commercialization ) or both. Something that is flagrant is shocking and reprehensible ( …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 11blatant — blatancy, n. blatantly, adv. /blayt nt/, adj. 1. brazenly obvious; flagrant: a blatant error in simple addition; a blatant lie. 2. offensively noisy or loud; clamorous: blatant radios. 3. tastelessly conspicuous: the blatant colors of the dress.… …

    Universalium

  • 12blatant — [[t]ble͟ɪt(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED (emphasis) You use blatant to describe something bad that is done in an open or very obvious way. Outsiders will continue to suffer the most blatant discrimination. ...a blatant attempt to spread the blame for the… …

    English dictionary

  • 13blatant — [ bleɪt(ə)nt] adjective open and unashamed; flagrant. Derivatives blatancy noun blatantly adverb Word History The word blatant was first used by the poet Edmund Spenser in his romance The Faerie Queene (1596), in which he called a thousand… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14blatant — /ˈbleɪtnt / (say blaytnt) adjective 1. (of actions, etc.) flagrantly obvious or undisguised: a blatant error; a blatant lie. 2. Obsolete bleating: blatant herds. –phrase 3. be blatant about, to be offensively conspicuous in; be barefaced about.… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 15blatant — bla|tant [ˈbleıtənt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Latin blatire to talk without serious purpose ] something bad that is blatant is very clear and easy to see, but the person responsible for it does not seem embarrassed or ashamed ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16blatant — adjective something bad that is blatant is very clear and easy to see, but the person responsible for it does not seem embarrassed or ashamed: a blatant abuse of power | blatant discrimination blatantly adverb blatancy noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17blatant — [16] Blatant appears to have been coined, or at least introduced, by the poet Edmund Spenser. In the Faerie Queene 1596 he describes how ‘unto themselves they [Envy and Detraction] gotten had a monster which the blatant beast men call, a dreadful …

    Word origins

  • 18blatant — adjective /ˈbleɪtənt/ a) Bellowing, as a calf; bawling; brawling; clamoring; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly. Harsh and blatant tone. . b) Obvious, on show A monster, which the blatant beast men call. . Ant: furtive …

    Wiktionary

  • 19blatant — bla|tant [ bleıtnt ] adjective done in an obvious way that shows you are not embarrassed or ashamed to be doing something bad or illegal: It was a blatant attempt to influence the judges. blatant disregard for the feelings of the bereaved family… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20blatant — UK [ˈbleɪt(ə)nt] / US adjective done in an obvious way that shows you are not embarrassed or ashamed to be doing something bad or illegal It was a blatant attempt to influence the judges. blatant disregard for the feelings of the bereaved family… …

    English dictionary