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



blatant (comparative more blatant, superlative most blatant)

  1. (archaic) Bellowing; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly.
  2. Obvious, on show.
    • Richard Henry Dana
      Harsh and blatant tone.
    • Edmund Spenser
      A monster, which the blatant beast men call.
    • Washington Irving
      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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