conspicuous


conspicuous
conspicuous 1540s, from L. conspicuus "visible, open to view, striking," from conspicere "to look at, observe, see, notice," from com-, intensive prefix (see COM- (Cf. com-)), + specere (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)). Phrase conspicuous by its absence (1859) is said to be from Tacitus ("Annals" iii.76), in a passage about certain images: "sed præfulgebant ... eo ipso quod effigies eorum non visebantur."

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  • conspicuous — [kən spik′yo͞o əs] adj. [L conspicuus, open to view < conspicere, to look at, observe < com , intens. + specere, see: see SPY] 1. easy to see or perceive; obvious [a conspicuous billboard] 2. attracting attention by being unexpected,… …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] It …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conspicuous — I adjective apparent, clarus, clear, clear cut, conspicuus, definite, discernible, discoverable, distinct, distinguishable, distinguished, evident, exposed, exposed to view, flagrant, in bold relief, in evidence, in plain sight, in the foreground …   Law dictionary

  • conspicuous — The phrase conspicuous by its (or one s) absence is a cliché. See clichés …   Modern English usage

  • conspicuous — [adj1] obvious, easily seen apparent, clear, discernible, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, open and shut*, patent, perceptible, plain, visible; concept 619 Ant. concealed, hidden, imperceptible, inconspicuous, obscure, secret,… …   New thesaurus

  • conspicuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) clearly visible. 2) attracting notice; notable: conspicuous bravery. DERIVATIVES conspicuously adverb. ORIGIN Latin conspicuus, from conspicere look at attentively …   English terms dictionary

  • conspicuous — prominent, salient, signal, *noticeable, remarkable, striking, arresting, outstanding Analogous words: patent, manifest, *evident, distinct, obvious: eminent, celebrated, illustrious (see FAMOUS) Antonyms: inconspicuous Contrasted words: *common …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • conspicuous — con|spic|u|ous [kənˈspıkjuəs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: conspicuus, from conspicere to get to see , from com ( COM ) + specere to look ] 1.) very easy to notice ≠ ↑inconspicuous ▪ The notice must be displayed in a conspicuous place.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conspicuous — [[t]kənspɪ̱kjuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If someone or something is conspicuous, people can see or notice them very easily. The most conspicuous way in which the old politics is changing is in the growing use of referendums... You may feel tearful in… …   English dictionary

  • conspicuous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem ▪ become ▪ make sb ▪ Its yellow skin makes it highly conspicuous …   Collocations dictionary