(of actions that are considered bad) done in an obvious and open way without caring if people are shocked synonym flagrant a blatant attempt to buy votes It was a blatant lie. Word Origin late 16th cent.: perhaps an alteration of Scots blatand ‘bleating’. It was first used by Spenser as an epithet for a thousand-tongued monster produced by Cerberus and Chimaera, a symbol of calumny (slander), which he called the blatant beast. It was subsequently used to mean ‘clamorous, offensive to the ear’, first of people (mid 17th cent.), later of things (late 18th cent.); the sense ‘unashamedly conspicuous’ arose in the late 19th cent.