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Definitions of Flagitious

Pronunciation : Fla*gi"tious
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [L. flagitiosus, fr. flagitium a shameful or disgraceful act, orig., a burning desire, heat of passion, from flagitare to demand hotly, fiercely; cf. flagrare to burn, E. flagrant.]
Definition : 1. Disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked; scandalous; shameful; -- said of acts, crimes, etc. Debauched principles and flagitious practices. I. Taylor.

2. Guilty of enormous crimes; corrupt; profligate; -- said of persons. Pope.

3. Characterized by scandalous crimes or vices; as, flagitious times. Pope.

Syn. -- Atrocious; villainous; flagrant; heinous; corrupt; profligate; abandoned. See Atracious. -- Fla*gi"tious*ly, adv. -- Fla*gi"tious*ness, n. A sentence so flagitiously unjust. Macaulay.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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