1. brazenly obvious; flagrant: a blatant error in simple addition; a blatant lie.
  2. offensively noisy or loud; clamorous: blatant radios.
  3. tastelessly conspicuous: the blatant colors of the dress.


  1. glaringly conspicuous or obviousa blatant lie
  2. offensively noticeableblatant disregard for a person’s feelings
  3. offensively noisy

1596, in blatant beast, coined by Edmund Spenser in “The Faerie Queen” to describe a thousand-tongued monster representing slander; probably suggested by Latin blatire “to babble.” It entered general use 1650s, as “noisy in an offensive and vulgar way;” the sense of “obvious, glaringly conspicuous” is from 1889. Related: Blatantly.

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