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1. Usage Problem Totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive: a blatant lie.
2. Unpleasantly loud and noisy: "There are those who find the trombones blatant and the triangle silly, but both add effective color" (Musical Heritage Review). See Synonyms at vociferous.

[From Latin blatīre, to blab (on the model of words such as rampant).]

bla′tan·cy n.
bla′tant·ly adv.
Usage Note: Blatant and flagrant both attribute conspicuousness and offensiveness to certain acts, but the words differ in emphasis. Blatant means "offensively conspicuous," and thus emphasizes the actor's failure to conceal the act. Flagrant, on the other hand, means "conspicuously offensive," and emphasizes the serious wrongdoing inherent in the offense. Thus many actions, from an infraction of the rules in a football game to a violation of human rights, may be blatant or flagrant, depending on what is being emphasized. If the act is committed with contempt for public scrutiny, it is blatant. If the act seems extreme in its violation of norms, it is flagrant. · Blatant and (to a much lesser extent) flagrant are sometimes used as synonyms of obvious, in contexts where there is no immediate connection to human behavior, as in What surprised us was that they went ahead with the idea in spite of the blatant danger of the approach. This usage has traditionally been considered an error, and it is not surprising, therefore, that most of the Usage Panel dislikes it. In our 2004 survey, only 42 percent accepted the sentence just listed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blatancy - the property of being both obvious and offensiveblatancy - the property of being both obvious and offensive; "the blatancy of his attempt to whitewash the crime was unforgivable"
noticeability, noticeableness, obviousness, patency - the property of being easy to see and understand
odiousness, offensiveness, distastefulness - the quality of being offensive


n (= obviousness)Offensichtlichkeit f; (of injustice, lie also)Eklatanz f; (of error)Krassheit f, → Eklatanz f; the blatancy of their disregard for …ihre unverhohlene or offene Missachtung der …
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He received Philip with a peculiar manner formed by the mingling of his natural blatancy with the subdued air proper to his calling.
Given its blatancy, it seems clear that a proper understanding of the role of fictionalisation in the texts is necessary to provide an accurate reading of them.
Since character creation is not what Coover concerns himself with, I cannot claim that Philip Noir will start learning who and what he is, but the blatancy of his hunting for a criminal and dramatically finding himself points us, at the symbolic level, in that direction.
One of the remarkable paradoxes of our time is the blatancy of those who profess a politics of compassion while shaping their own lives and aspirations according to the canons of self-indulgence--or their "personal legends.
As James Pattison argues, the use of private military companies allows "a government to deploy military force without the blatancy of state action--for instance by enabling foreign policy by proxy.
It is a source of frustration for many complainants who have to wait in line irrespective of the scale or blatancy of the lawyers' wrongdoing, especially since the alternative - to sue lawyers directly in court -- is all but impossible due to the hefty costs and general reluctance among lawyers to go against their colleagues in court.
Eustathius is accusing the poet of blatancy, straightforwardness, and a serious want of imagination, serious Odyssean sins.
This financial crisis brought everything to a head for me - The blatancy of social injustice, the rising unemployment, the mortgaging of this generation's future, the never-satisfied greed of the super-rich, and the incompetent weakness of our politicians," says Derek.
The frequency and blatancy with which these laws have been abused are justification enough for their repeal.
The frequency and blatancy with which these laws are abused are justification enough for their repeal.
While the OC's irregularities such as the exaggerated prices of items like treadmills and toilet rolls have come to light due to their sheer blatancy, the construction works across the city have also been questionable.
3) The blatancy of the use of the rain shower to get Truman to go home implies that a certain laziness and arrogance has set in with the show's production team over the years, which supports my later argument that a certain number of glitches are inevitable.