blatant : Common Errors in English

About blatant

The classic meaning of “blatant” is “noisily conspicuous,” but it has long been extended to any objectionable obviousness. A person engaging in blatant behavior is usually behaving in a highly objectionable manner, being brazen. Unfortunately, many people nowadays think that “blatant” simply means “obvious” and use it in a positive sense, as in “Kim wrote a blatantly brilliant paper.” Use “blatant” or “blatantly” only when you think the people you are talking about should be ashamed of themselves.

blatant Meaning(s)

  • (s) without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
  • (s) conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

blatant in News

  1. Time for Mugabe to go

      The violent, mismanaged and tyrannical rule of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe must end. As the opposition parties in the country unite to dig their heels in bracing to defend against another example of the blatant and rampant corruption that has engulfed Mugabe’s reign , which has lasted more than ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Foreign Policy Blogs

  2. Discrimination Still Exists

    A recent government study shows a decline in blatant racial discrimination in the housing sector, more subtle discrimination persists with minorities finding out about and being shown fewer available listings.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FOX Business

  3. Housing discrimination persists in U.S. in more subtle ways, HUD report says

    A new report finds that although blatant racial prejudice in real estate is declining, subtle forms persist.”
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Washington Post

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