“…made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them”*

*from George Orwell’s 1984 (1949).

From Online Etymology Dictionary:

“flagrant (adj.)

c. 1500, “resplendent” (obsolete), from Latin flagrantem (nominative flagrans) “burning, blazing, glowing,” figuratively “glowing with passion, eager, vehement,” present participle of flagrare “to burn, blaze, glow,” from Proto-Italic *flagro-“burning” (source also of Oscan flagio-, an epithet of Iuppiter), corresponding to PIE *bhleg-ro-, from *bhleg– “to shine, flash, burn” (source also of Greek phlegein “to burn, scorch,” Latin fulgere “to shine”), from root *bhel (1) “to shine, flash, burn.” Sense of “glaringly offensive, scandalous” (rarely used of persons) first recorded 1706, probably from common legalese phrase flagrante delicto “while the crime is being committed, red-handed,” literally “with the crime still blazing.” Related: Flagrantly.

deflagration (n.)

“a setting on fire,” c. 1600, from Latin deflagrationem (nominative deflagratio) “a burning up, conflagration,” noun of action from past-participle stem of deflagrare, from de (see de-) + flagrare “to burn, blaze, glow,” from PIE root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, burn.” Related: Deflagrate, deflagrating.

conflagration (n.)

1550s, “a destructive fire;” 1650s, “a large fire, the burning of a large mass of combustibles,” from French conflagration (16c.) or directly from Latin conflagrationem (nominative conflagratio), noun of action from past-participle stem of conflagrare “to burn up,” from assimilated form of com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see con-), + flagrare “to burn, blaze, glow” (from PIE root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, burn”).”

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