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It was a flagrant foul.
  obviously and outrageously bad (in the sense of violating what is normally considered proper)
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  • It was a flagrant foul.
  • flagrant violation of human rights
  • I longed all at once to insult them all in a most flagrant manner and then go away.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Notes from the Underground
  • It was a dreadful picture of ingratitude and inhumanity; and Anne felt, at some moments, that no flagrant open crime could have been worse.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion

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  • Harding feared there had been at least very flagrant indiscretion.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • Do you think I am deceived as to the flagrant impropriety of my conduct?
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we’re as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure.
    Anna Quindlen
  • Then she doesn’t know that I flagrantly disregarded orders, ripped out my earpiece, and gave my bodyguards the slip?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Once Tom made such a flagrant foul-out that the judges barred him from the finals.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • It’s kind of flagrant.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key

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  • ...whacking the beleaguered men of the Flying Squadron with flagrant abandon.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Hassan placed twenty-two dollars on the counter, which the girl promptly slid into a pocket of her shorts, flagrantly’ disregarding the cash register before her.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He smiled at her with clean white teeth, stroked her on the buttocks, uttered a few words that were at once barely comprehensible and flagrantly lewd, then disappeared.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Back door was open to the alley," said Cherry, elbowing off his sports coat and swigging from a bottle of vodka which Shirley T. had produced from under the front seat—hands a bit shaky and his face, the nose particularly, glowing a flagrant, stressed-out, Rudolph red.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The most flagrant thief was the cook, a ringlet-haired civilian known as Curley.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Major Major’s elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They alone had a sense of adventure and were flagrant in their enjoyment of the automobile’s plushness.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • "Barred out of my own bedroom, by a flagrant absurdity!" he said.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The most flagrant, Morris explained, was the Biosyn rabies case.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The injustice of his sentence was very flagrant; all Paris was indignant; and it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was as though, stumbling upon himself from the outside, he had suddenly caught himself out, taken himself flagrantly at fault.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • No quarter, war to the death! a pretty woman is a casus belli; a pretty woman is flagrant misdemeanor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There can be no outrage, methinks, against our common nature—whatever be the delinquencies of the individual—no outrage more flagrant than to forbid the culprit to hide his face for shame; as it was the essence of this punishment to do.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • These incarcerated men, before they’d even reached a point of basic maturity, had flagrantly—and tragically—squandered the few opportunities they’d had to contribute productively to something greater than themselves.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Her voice was strange by omission, it was flagrantly devoid of respect.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The Comtesse de Tournay, who lately had so flagrantly insulted her, was here receiving a public lesson, at which Marguerite could not help but rejoice.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Nothing that flagrant.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The axiom that a man is innocent until proved guilty by a court of law has been flagrantly ignored once again in the State of Mississippi.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • She smiled and smiled, and we met; but it was all done in a silence by this time flagrantly ominous.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He will lie—that is, the man who is a special case, the incognito, and he will lie well, in the cleverest fashion; you might think he would triumph and enjoy the fruits of his wit, but at the most interesting, the most flagrant moment he will faint.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He stared at her in the most flagrant manner until at last she said: "What makes you stare at me so?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • His clothes attracted attention, like his car and for the same reason; he wore a simple trenchcoat and a hat with a slanting brim, but they were of such good quality, so flagrantly expensive that they appeared ostentatious among the seedy garments of the crowds everywhere, the more ostentatious because worn so naturally.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • No, to the people the Foretopman’s deed, however it be worded in the announcement, will be plain homicide committed in a flagrant act of mutiny.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was afraid of her, lest she should too flagrantly give herself away before the other girls.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Cash’s face is also gravely composed; he and I look at one another with long probing looks, looks that plunge unimpeded through one another’s eyes and into the ultimate secret place where for an instant Cash and Darl crouch flagrant and unabashed in all the old terror and the old foreboding, alert and secret and without shame.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • It is the most flagrant example of an abominable public vehicle that ever encumbered the face of the earth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It was a dreadful picture of ingratitude and inhumanity; and Anne felt, at some moments, that no flagrant open crime could have been worse.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • So flagrant became the political scandals that reputable men began to leave politics alone, and politics consequently became disreputable.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Agreeing that one must support delegated authority, Nicole refused their request, whereupon Mary—who in the manner of an Anita Loos’ heroine had dealings only with Faits Accomplis, who indeed could not have house-broken a French poodle puppy—regarded Dick as though he were guilty of a most flagrant bullying.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • A Christmas frost had come at midsummer; a white December storm had whirled over June; ice glazed the ripe apples, drifts crushed the blowing roses; on hayfield and cornfield lay a frozen shroud: lanes which last night blushed full of flowers, to-day were pathless with untrodden snow; and the woods, which twelve hours since waved leafy and flagrant as groves between the tropics, now spread, waste, wild, and white as pine-forests in wintry Norway.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • How flagrantly, sensually, it reverberated before the altar when she said, "With my body I thee worship."
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Rufus quickly came to suspect the more flagrant exaggerations of friendliness, but the subtler boys found, to their intense delight, that if only they varied the surface, the bait, from time to time, they would almost always deceive him.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • But no matter how flagrant the charge, the regent simply listened, not defending himself, showing no emotion at all.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • So, in flagrant violation of my grandmother’s fashion dictums, I wore my newly relaced combat boots (in case I had to kick anybody holding a microphone who got too close), and I also wore all of my Greenpeace and antifur buttons, so at least my celebrity status will be put to good use.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Few Northerners could stomach any strengthening of the Fugitive Slave Act, the most bitterly hated measure—and untilProhibition, the most flagrantly disobeyed—ever passed by Congress.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Do you have even the flimsiest excuse for such flagrant tardiness?
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The general bade him say what he pleased, but not to expect pardon for his flagrant offence.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The journalism department consisted of one bespectacled teacher named Edna Baggs, who must have seen promise in me or she would certainly have kicked me off the newspaper for my flagrant abuses of power.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Can it be supposed that public morals are improved, or the tendency to the commission of flagrant crimes repressed, by such public sights as these.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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