Flagitious Fla*gi"tious, a. [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.] 1. Disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked; scandalous; shameful; -- said of acts, crimes, etc. [1913 Webster]

Debauched principles and flagitious practices. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Guilty of enormous crimes; corrupt; profligate; -- said of persons. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: Atrocious; villainous; flagrant; heinous; corrupt; profligate; abandoned. See {Atrocious}. -- {Fla*gi"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Fla*gi"tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

A sentence so flagitiously unjust. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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