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She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
  easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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conspicuous conspicuously conspicuousness
Strongly Associated with:   inconspicuous
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  • She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
  • She is the most conspicuous person on the President’s cabinet. She is constantly interviewed on television.
  • She wears a conspicuous cross around her neck and never misses a chance to talk about Jesus.
  • a tower conspicuous at a great distance

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  • My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Profound silence; silence so deep that even their breathings were conspicuous in the hush.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I did not want to look conspicuous.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Anyway, you should never be conspicuous.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • this group of rich and conspicuous people.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper

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  • They came out and went back on to the path where the trees might possibly make them less conspicuous.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • ...his talk was conspicuous for an eagerness to apply military similes to a very wide variety of matters.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She wants to argue with me, but her presence is conspicuous, and I’m not budging.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Yet, for such a large family it’s unusually quiet, and the clatter of silverware on china makes the lack of conversation even more conspicuous.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Then a small voice piped up behind her, through the doorway she’d been conspicuously blocking.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I picked up my towel, left the store, and started my altogether less conspicuous walk back to the inn where I had found breakfast and a bath.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There is, I think, a most simple majesty in this, that in regarding one’s own house or car or boat one can discover the discretionary pleasures of ownership—not at all conspicuous or competitive—and thus have another way of seeing the shape of one’s life, how it has transformed and, with any luck, multiplied and grown.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Everyone around him has already stripped, and he’s starting to look conspicuous.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The girl stood there just long enough to let us know she was offended and then stalked off, her notepad swinging conspicuously from one hand.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Inside the Monk Building, conspicuously posted signs led them down a series of corridors, past a room where a handful of parents waited anxiously, and at last into a room crowded with children in desks.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She was conspicuous enough.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I just hate to be conspicuous; it’s really not safe, you know."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The fifth-grade boys, bursting with new importance, ordered the fourth graders this way and that, while the smaller boys tried to include themselves without being conspicuous.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • I had had enough narrow escapes by then to know that it was best not to be conspicuous, not to stand out, not to make myself a possible target.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • And Bai Shan and I were conspicuous enough in class.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • A little before eight o’clock I come downstairs with my overnight bag slung conspicuously over my shoulder.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • They were not going to be candidates for a Rhodes scholarship after having served an apprenticeship under my vigilant tutelage; none of them would write significantly or make any conspicuous contribution to the arts, as far as I knew.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "We don’t have much time, but we need you to wash up and change into something a little less conspicuous."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Perhaps just the relief of finally having found work to do, rather than rattling around the castle feeling out of place, conspicuous as an inkblot on parchment.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • This had happened to him before — in an effort to disappear, he had made himself more conspicuous.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Then I dug my hands deeper in my pockets and—face burning— walked conspicuously across the length of the gallery.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Effie Trinket, conspicuous in a bright pink wig and tailored outfit, travels with me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • conspicuously rearranged the nubbins in my nose.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • He leads us to the right side of the Pit, which is conspicuously dark.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • In all things noble which he attempted, his own meanness shone most conspicuous.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But the most conspicuous difference was the books.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He was conspicuously absent from the dinner at the mayor’s house, although the rest of his family came.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Watching the kiss, Laila felt strangely conspicuous all at once.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She was sitting in a conspicuous place and talking to him like a grown-up lady.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She was like the new apartment into which they had moved: conspicuously expensive.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I put the knife away—the invading Dauntless weren’t carrying them, and I don’t want to be conspicuous.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • He was not conspicuously tall, his features were striking but not conspicuously handsome.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The passengers drew around and took part in the discussion, in which Colonel Proctor, with his insolent manner, was conspicuous.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Eragon felt conspicuous and out of place.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • She wore a muslin dress, conspicuously white, and a stiff little veil coming to her shoulders.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He would rather walk with me in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to be conspicuous.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • With luck, one of them will have a conspicuously absent orb.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Kids like Shea were used because they were less conspicuous, and less likely to be stopped by police officers.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • She looked for food in the pantry, but it was conspicuous by its absence; there really wasn’t a thing.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Soccer, perhaps more than ever, had become a conspicuous symbol of cultural change.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
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Associated words [difficulty]:   conspicuous [1] , inconspicuous [3] , inconspicuous [3] , conspicuous consumption [8]
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