Origin of flagitiousMiddle English flagicious ; from Classical Latin flagitiosus ; from flagitium, shameful act ; from flagitare, to demand, akin to flagrum: see flagellate
- Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
- Infamous; scandalous: “That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project” (Robert Southey).
Origin of flagitiousMiddle English flagicious, wicked, from Latin flagiti&omacron;sus, from flagitium, shameful act, protest, from flagitare, to importune, to demand vehemently.
(comparative more flagitious, superlative most flagitious)
Old French flagitieux or Latin flāgitiōsus, both ultimately from flāgitium (“shameful crime”).