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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.
In fact, the blatancy of his intolerance for any opposition has gained international comment.
Describing the building as "Lina Bo Bardi-esque"--a highly complimentary reference to the prolific Italian-born Brazilian Modernist architect--Ingels tells me, "There's an immediacy and a blatancy to the choice of materials and finishes that ends up working incredibly well.
The low quality of political oratory in our day doubtless has a lot to do with the electorate's combined impatience with complexity and taste for blatancy.
A cavalier disregard for process, over and above the blatancy of lying, may similarly deal the harshest blows to the credibility of the Trump administration.
ii) But the blatancy of the Code remains instructive if we want to understand one influential definition of responsible behaviour: to act 'responsibly' is to avoid becoming a burden on the state, or, more particularly, to avoid burdening the allimportant, beleaguered taxpayer.
Using real names would have been vindictive but the stories themselves deserved to be told without the blatancy of using real names.
The blatancy of her letters suing (with financial inducements) for St Helens, in one of which she begs Cromwells favor "that all men may see that I am your prioress" (162,8), is astonishing but probably not untypical (Katherine Bulkeley thanks Cromwell who has brought her "of nothing .
A simple comparison of the opening lines of the first three paragraphs will suffice to demonstrate the blatancy of Serper's piracy:
There is serious concern about the blatancy with which the authorities violate the basic rights of those considered politically undesirable or socio-economically powerless.
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.
Following his Cannes-preemed "PVC-1," Greek-Colombian helmer Spiros Stathoulopoulos addresses his Hellenic side with a monastic drama unsteadily perched between dreamy symbolism and subtlety-killing blatancy.