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fla·gi·tious  audio  (fl-jshs) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
  2. Infamous; scandalous: "That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project" (Robert Southey).

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English flagicious, wicked, from Latin flgitisus, from flgitium, shameful act, protest, from flgitre, to importune, to demand vehemently

OTHER FORMS:
fla·gitious·ly(Adverb), fla·gitious·ness(Noun)


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