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(1596) coined by Edmund Spenser ("blatant beast"). Probably a variation of *blatand (Scots blaitand (bleating)), present participle of blate, a variation of bleat, equivalent to blate +‎ -and. See bleat.


  • enPR: blā'tənt, IPA(key): /ˈbleɪtənt/
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blatant (comparative more blatant, superlative most blatant)

  1. (archaic) Bellowing; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly.
  2. Obvious, on show; unashamed; loudly obtrusive or offensive.
    • (Can we date this quote by Richard Henry Dana and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Harsh and blatant tone.
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      A monster, which the blatant beast men call.
    • (Can we date this quote by Washington Irving and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Glory, that blatant word, which haunts some military minds like the bray of the trumpet.
    • 2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
      WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, […]. They also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies.




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