Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2004
    • Posts: 773
    #1

    About blatant

    Hello Everyone,

    I have come across blatant from Longman dictionary. Its definition says "something bad that is blatant is very clear and easy to see, but the person responsible for it does not seem embarrassed or ashamed"

    I couldn't figure out its meaning in spite of reviewing it several times, so could you give me a few examples about the definition. I would also like to know whether it is a commonly used vocabulary. Is it a formal one?

    Regards

    Sky

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 2,944
    #2

    Re: About blatant

    It means "obvious"

    She told a blatant lie to the judge about her speeding ticket.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2004
    • Posts: 773
    #3

    Re: About blatant

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    It means "obvious"

    She told a blatant lie to the judge about her speeding ticket.
    Thank you ,Susiedqq!

    For non native speakers, learning and reciting vocabulary is a headache for them. They usually touch the vocabularies through text book, dictionary, magazines, radios, and movies etc. However, the problem here is that those vocabularies mentioned are not necessarily commonly used, and some are even seldom used, which are in vain recited by us, taking much time and efforts. Therefore , from my own point of view, non native learners should store the frequent words and the common branch of a defintion.

    We,due to the lack of language enviroments, are difficult to know the used frequency of a new word. So, I would like to know here whether the word is often used in spoken English?

    Regards

    Sky

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #4

    Re: About blatant

    Hi Sky753,

    There are some more details that you can find in another dictionaries.

    blatant (adj.)
    1. 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 viceferous.
    2. Usage Problem. Totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive: a blatant lie.
    Offensively loud and insistent: boisterous, clamorous, strident, viceferous
    Characterized by or done without shame: bald-faced, barefaced, brazen, shameless, unabashed, unblushing


    USAGE NOTE It is not surprising that blatant and flagrant are often confused, since the words have overlapping meanings. Both attribute conspicuousness and offensiveness to certain acts. Blatant emphasizes the failure to conceal the act. Flagrant, on the other hand, emphasizes the serious wrongdoing inherent in the offense. Certain contexts may admit either word depending on what is meant: a violation of human rights might be either blatant or flagrant. If it was committed with contempt for public scrutiny, it is blatant. If its barbarity was monstrous, it is flagrant.Blatant is sometimes used to mean simply “obvious,” as in the blatant danger of such an approach, but this use has not been established and is widely considered an error.



    Blatant (adj.)


    Definition: 1. offensively conspicuous: obtrusive and conspicuous in an offensive way, often intentionally
    [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/ADMINI%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG][IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/ADMINI%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image003.gif[/IMG]blatant falsehoods

    2. noisy: excessively or offensively noisy ( literary )


    Blatant - flagrant


    Both words describe openly offensive behavior, but there is a difference. Blatant emphasizes the brazen conspicuousness of the offense, as in a blatant breach of good faith in the negotiations, whereas flagrant emphasizes the shocking seriousness or gravity that the offense has: flagrant racism. A blatant lie is one so bare-faced that no one can miss it, whereas flagrant disregard for human life is unforgivably shameless or outrageous. Avoid using blatant to mean merely "obvious": There seems to be a blatant contradiction.... In sentences like this, substitute obvious, clear, or glaring for blatant.


    Regards.


    V.

Similar Threads

  1. Blatant? Flagrant?
    By bleuzmas in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Feb-2007, 09:16

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •