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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.


atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
[C14: from Latin flāgitiōsus infamous, from flāgitium a shameful act; related to Latin flagrum whip]
flaˈgitiously adv
flaˈgitiousness n


(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.


- Criminally wicked.
See also related terms for wicked.
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"


Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
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