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Meaning of conspicuous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin conspicuus ( “visible, striking” ), from cōnspicere ( “to notice” ), from con- ( “with, together” ) + specere ( “to look at” )


    • IPA: /kənˈspɪk.ju.əs/, SAMPA: /k@n"spIk.ju.@s/


    conspicuous ( comparative more conspicuous, superlative most conspicuous )

    1. Obvious or easy to notice .
      He was conspicuous by his absence .
    2. Noticeable or attracting attention, especially if unattractive .
      He had a conspicuous lump on his forehead .


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Explanation of conspicuous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. obvious to the eye or mind

    2. a tower conspicuous at a great distance
      wore conspicuous neckties
      made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening
    3. without any attempt at concealment

    Definition of conspicuous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Conspicuous a. [L. conspicuus, fr. conspicere to get sight of, to perceive; con- + spicere, specere, to look. See Spy]
      1. Open to the view; obvious to the eye; easy to be seen; plainly visible; manifest; attracting the eye.

      It was a rock

      Of alabaster, piled up to the clouds,

      Conspicious far. Milton.

      Conspicious by her veil and hood,

      Signing the cross, the abbess stood. Sir W. Scott.

      2. Obvious to the mental eye; easily recognized; clearly defined; notable; prominent; eminent; distinguished; as, “a conspicuous excellence, or fault”.

      A man who holds a conspicuous place in the political, ecclesiastical, and literary history of England. Macaulay.

      Syn. -- Distinguished; eminent; famous; illustrious; prominent; celebrated. See Distinguished.

      -- Conspicuously, adv. -- Conspicuousness, n.