Hypertext Webster Gateway: "conspicuous"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Conspicuous \Con*spic"u*ous\, 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.

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}. -- {Con*spic"u*ous*ly},
adv. -- {Con*spic"u*ous*ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great
distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself
conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening" [syn: {obvious}]
[ant: {inconspicuous}]
2: without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious;
"open disregard of the law"; "open family strife"; "open
hostility"; "a blatant appeal to vanity"; "a blazing
indiscretion" [syn: {blatant}, {blazing}, {open}]
3: inclined to flaunt; "conspicuous consumption" [syn: {flaunty}]
4: noticeable in an unpleasant way

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