Adjective "blatant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly.
  1. 'They were content to overlook all but the most blatant infractions.'
  2. 'Challenge those responsible for this blatant neglect and the place instantly takes on the air of the confessional.'
  3. 'One of the soldiers responsible for this act of blatant provocation explained the rationale.'
  4. 'It may be that the source and schemes behind these blatant lies can be revealed by a court case.'
  5. 'There's no blatant lie in that sentence but it's hardly the whole truth either is it?'
  6. 'I think that we know that there are blatant lies that are being told by both camps.'
  7. 'Prejudice that blatant doesn't usually get aired outside the pub these days.'
  8. 'He told a blatant lie to all students last time round.'
  9. 'I'd just like to expose this statement as a blatant pack of lies.'
  10. 'Given the blatant bias in the reporting, the whole study has to be suspect.'
  11. 'despite their blatant attraction to each other they try to stay just friends'
  12. 'His action was too blatant, though still acceptable in the eyes of parliament.'
  13. 'This can be avoided by restricting blatant and misleading advertising in the media.'
  14. 'This is a good time to show off a bit of yourself - either as blatant or subtle as you wish.'
  15. 'What are hundreds of children going to ask or think when they see this blatant advertisement for sexual equipment?'
  16. 'It is not too blatant and it might work as it allows people to move from one sphere to another without stepping into the rain.'
  17. 'In fact, I can't really think of any other blatant examples of this phenomenon right now.'
  18. 'Many lecturers will drop hints, ranging from subtle to blatant, as to what will be in the exam.'
  19. 'The fact that such a detail stands out suggests the blatant lack of memorable songwriting and production on much of this album.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be blatant with miles."

"violations can be blatant in areas."

"trades can be blatant on streets."

"snipings can be blatant at conferences."

"people can be blatant about intentions."

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Late 16th century: perhaps an alteration of Scots blatand ‘bleating’. It was first used by Spenser as an epithet for a thousand-tongued monster produced by Cerberus and Chimaera, a symbol of calumny, which he called the blatant beast. It was subsequently used to mean ‘clamorous, offensive to the ear’, first of people (mid 17th century), later of things (late 18th century); the sense ‘unashamedly conspicuous’ arose in the late 19th century.