Definition of


  1. (adj, all) obvious to the eye or mind
    wore conspicuous neckties
    made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening
  2. (adj, all) without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
    a blatant appeal to vanity
    a blazing indiscretion

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Synonyms of Conspicuous

blatant, blazing

Antonyms of Conspicuous


Alternate forms of Conspicuous

Derivations: conspicuousness

Origin of the word Conspicuous

  1. 1540s, from L. conspicuus "open to view," from conspicere "to look at, observe," from com- intensive prefix + specere (see scope (1)). Phrase conspicuous by its absence (1859) is said to be from Tacitus ("Annals" iii.76), in a passage about certain images: "sed pr?fulgebant ... eo ipso quod effigies eorum non visebantur." more

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