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1. Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
2. Infamous; scandalous: "That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project" (Robert Southey).

[Middle English flagicious, wicked, from Latin flāgitiōsus, from flāgitium, shameful act, protest, from flāgitāre, to importune, to demand vehemently.]

fla·gi′tious·ly adv.
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atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
[C14: from Latin flāgitiōsus infamous, from flāgitium a shameful act; related to Latin flagrum whip]
flaˈgitiously adv
flaˈgitiousness n
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(fləˈdʒɪʃ əs)

heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous.
[1350–1400; Middle English flagicious < Latin flāgitiōsus, derivative of flāgiti(um) shame, scandal]
fla•gi′tious•ly, adv.
fla•gi′tious•ness, n.
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- Criminally wicked.
See also related terms for wicked.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flagitious - extremely wicked, deeply criminalflagitious - extremely wicked, deeply criminal; "a flagitious crime"; "heinous accusations"
wicked - morally bad in principle or practice
2.flagitious - shockingly brutal or cruelflagitious - shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
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Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
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All faults or defects, from the slightest misconduct to the most flagitious crime, Pantocyclus attributed to some deviation from perfect Regularity in the bodily figure, caused perhaps(if not congenital) by some collision in a crowd; by neglect to take exercise, or by taking too much of it; or even by a sudden change of temperature, resulting in a shrinkage or expansion in some too susceptible part of the frame.
"A day of obstacles to thy flagitious returns in the morning."
Defore, in which Judge Benjamin Cardozo, writing for the New York Court of Appeals, rejected the rule that "[t]he criminal is to go free because the constable has blundered." (56) Concerned that "[t]he pettiest peace officer would have it in his power, through overzeal or indiscretion, to confer immunity upon an offender for crimes the most flagitious," (57) Judge Cardozo sided with the weight of state authority (thirty-one jurisdictions had rejected an exclusionary rule while fourteen had adopted it) and concluded that the legislature, not the judiciary, is the better forum for balancing "the social need that crime shall be repressed" against "the social need that law shall not be flouted by the insolence of office." (58)
Written by fantasy novelist Derek Landy, the five-issue series will set the flagitious five on a bloody, brutal, head-rolling, take-no-prisoners tear that will pit them against the forces of an entire Galactic Empire.
The words are to be found on page 89, in the remark ["G"] made on the seeming paradox; that in the grumbling hive The worst of all the multitude / Did something for the common good: Where in many instances may be amply discovered, how unsearchable Providence daily orders the comforts of the laborious, and even the deliverances of the oppressed, secretly to come forth not only from the vices of the luxurious, but likewise the crimes of the flagitious and most abandoned" (I:403-1).
Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence [sic] by a state legislature.
Is Professor Wilson advocating that a flagitious category A inmate, deemed to be a danger to the state, not to carry a category A status, being handed over from officer to officer with a passport book and being physically supervised every 15 minutes day and night, wearing easily recognised prison clothing?
With a journalistic tinge of humour, he reproduces terms like 'fiendish', 'flagitious' and 'peignoir' used liberally throughout the verdict.
More than any other consideration, it will confound our foreign enemies, defeat the flagitious practices of the disaffected, strengthen and confirm our friends, support our public credit, restore the value of our money, enable us to maintain our fleets and armies, and add weight and respect to our councils at home, and to our treaties abroad.
Her notes refer to Percy's "character and virtues; which, in those days, it was the mode to attack with the most flagitious calumnies and insulting abuse." (74) As Wolfson argues: "The widow in effect writes herself into the narrative of the bitter, hard, rude, cold world that shaped her discourse of the poet's abuse and victimization, and in this shared misery she sustains a relationship with him." (75) Her friends' personal apostasy, which sees them turn against her whatever their politics, nevertheless fits a predominantly politicized discourse in which "all ...