from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
- adj. Infamous; scandalous: "That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project” ( Robert Southey).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Extremely brutal or cruel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked; scandalous; shameful; -- said of acts, crimes, etc.
- adj. Guilty of enormous crimes; corrupt; profligate; -- said of persons.
- adj. Characterized by scandalous crimes or vices.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shamefully wicked; atrocious; scandalous; flagrant; grossly criminal: as, a flagitious action or crime.
- Guilty of scandalous crimes; profligate; corrupt; abandoned.
- Marked or characterized by scandalous crimes or vices: as, a flagitious record.
- Synonyms Execrable, Villainous, etc. (see nefarious); heinous, shameful, infamous, shocking, vile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extremely wicked, deeply criminal
- adj. shockingly brutal or cruel
Middle English flagicious, wicked, from Latin flāgitiōsus, from flāgitium, shameful act, protest, from flāgitāre, to importune, to demand vehemently.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French flagitieux or Latin flāgitiōsus, both ultimately from flāgitium ("shameful crime"). (Wiktionary)