• WordNet 3.6
    • adj conspicuous obvious to the eye or mind "a tower conspicuous at a great distance","wore conspicuous neckties","made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"
    • adj conspicuous without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious "blatant disregard of the law","a blatant appeal to vanity","a blazing indiscretion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • Conspicuous 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."
    • Conspicuous 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."
      "Conspicious by her veil and hood,
      Signing the cross, the abbess stood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conspicuous Open to the view; catching the eye; easy to be seen; manifest.
    • conspicuous Obvious to the mind; readily attracting or forcing itself upon the attention; clearly or extensively known, perceived, or understood; striking.
    • conspicuous Hence Eminent; notable; distinguished: as, a man of conspicuous talents; a woman of conspicuous virtues.
    • conspicuous Synonyms Illustrious, eminent, celebrated, remarkable, marked, notable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Conspicuous kon-spik′ū-us clearly seen: visible to eye or mind: prominent
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  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    “The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.”
  • Mark Twain
    “My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “Wealth is conspicuous, but poverty hides.”
  • Motto
    “One should be of service rather than be conspicuous.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conspicuus, fr. conspicere, to get sight of, to perceive; con-, + spicere, specere, to look. See Spy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conspicuusconspicĕrecon, inten., spicĕre, to look.


In literature:

The first step is to become acquainted with the conspicuous group of seven stars represented in Fig.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
AVARAY, a French territorial title belonging to a family some of whose members have been conspicuous in history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
One result is conspicuous.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
By stealing to a conspicuous eminence, we were enabled to view the route ahead of us, and map out our journey for the night.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The absence of domestic cattle was conspicuous.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Foremost among astronomers of less conspicuous eminence who made important discoveries in this century we find the name of Huygens.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
In the late war he made his name conspicuous by his valor and consummate military genius.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
These are the conspicuous areas of race characterization.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The boys, on the other hand, were brought forward very conspicuously into public life.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
Among these men Paulus and Mercurius were especially conspicuous, the first a Dacian born, the latter a Persian.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus

In poetry:

I never saw a loaf of bread
Conspicuous in its purity,
But that I sadly shook my head
And left five-cents as surety.
"A Hardship" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Lo, former scenes, predicted once,
Conspicuous rise to view;
And future scenes, predicted now,
Shall be accomplished too.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
So to the flock it doth appear
That this a most conspicuous fact is:
That which these godly pastors do
Must surely be a proper practice.
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
The giddy tribe he much avoided,
But fix'd his heart as prudence guided:
Nay, in his choice, we freely own,
His judgment most conspicuous shone.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Smart dudes and ladies' men--the few
Who wish they could be ladies too--
Display a sprig of yellow
Conspicuous in their buttonhole,
To captivate a maiden soul
Or vex some other fellow.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard
Oh! it was horrible to see the good ship in distress,
Battling hard against wind and tide to clear the Girdleness.
A conspicuous promontory on the south side of Aberdeen Bay,
Where many a stout ship and crew have gone down passing that way.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Creative, workable ideas for improving the quality and preparation of judicial candidates have been conspicuously lacking in Cuyahoga County.
In our area, rufous hummingbirds play a similar role, albeit less conspicuously.
A recent Washington Post column by Ezra Klein dreamed up a new excuse for the conspicuous failure of Obama's so-called stimulus plan.
He published of course — and not just in German but, as quickly and conspicuously as possible, in English.
Of all the potential candidates to fill Hillary Clinton's seat in the Senate, Maloney has been the most conspicuous in her efforts to convince David Paterson to pick her for the job.
AEG's downtown stadium isn't just a playground for really big guys or just another site for really rich guys to consume conspicuously in luxury boxes.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is telling employees of the powerful bank to avoid displays of conspicuous consumption, the New York Post reports.
Venus and Mars pair up in the east among the conspicuous stars of Taurus the Bull.
Though the Houston rapper puts out hip-hop tracks that focus on the usual gangsta topics—drug dealing, conspicuous consumption, explicit violence—he's also known as one of the more thoughtful figures on the scene.
XOXO, Conspicuous Consumption : How the Economy Killed 'Gossip Girl'.
They will lurk around the trees and bushes, not being very conspicuous as the skulk along.
In all the words in the front-page article on the demise of incandescent light bulbs, the word "mercury" was conspicuously missing.
Sporting a new 4-3-3 formation, Frank Rijkaard's new-look FC Barcelona took the field against a reserve squad that was conspicuous by its inclusion of the Portuguese wizard Deco .
While some Pakistanis protested and military leaders condemned the attack on the teenage activist, many conservative religious figures were conspicuously silent.
Being a parent has never been easy but it is now a conspicuous source of distress and anxiety.

In science:

If we take the Hα absorption to have an equivalent width of −1.8˚A, as indicated from the conspicuous clustering of non-emission line galaxies seen in the figure, we obtain from eq. (1) EW(Hβ )abs = −2.0˚A, which is also consistent with the position of EW(Hβ ) for non-emission line galaxies.
The H alpha Luminosity Function of Morphologically Classified Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
We find that their selective extinction E (B − V ) tabulated in the catalogue of Gallego et al. (1996) show a conspicuous decrease as the Hα equivalent width increases, which is the feature that occurs if stellar absorption is ignored.
The H alpha Luminosity Function of Morphologically Classified Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Comparing the present results with those of E(5) symmetry, it is conspicuous that the present formalism add corrections to the E(5) formalism by bringing the predictions closer to the experimental data.
Remarcs on the shape transition from spherical to deformed gamma unstable nuclei
Moreover, from Table II it is conspicuous that the present results are much closer to the experimental data than those provided by the E(5) description.
Remarcs on the shape transition from spherical to deformed gamma unstable nuclei
When it is applied to just the 15 quasars in the cone going NW, however, the minimum at z = .005 becomes sharper and more conspicuous.
Periodicities of Quasar Redshifts in Large Area Surveys