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 flāgitiōsus from flāgitium shameful act, protest from flāgitāre to importune, to demand vehemently
(comparative more flagitious, superlative most flagitious)
Old French flagitieux or Latin flāgitiōsus, both ultimately from flāgitium (“shameful crime”).