Keep your eye on the adjective conspicuous for something that stands out so much you notice it right away — like that zit in the center of your friend's forehead.

Conspicuous comes from the adjectival form of the Latin verb, conspicere, meaning "to look at." Conspicuous can mean either very obvious to the eye (like something that is conspicuous from a distance) or attracting attention (like conspicuous consumption). If you are doing something wrong, it's wise not to be conspicuous about it!

Definitions of conspicuous
  1. adjective
    obvious to the eye or mind
    “a tower conspicuous at a great distance”
    “wore conspicuous neckties”
    “made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening”
    attention-getting, eye-catching
    seizing the attention
    big, large, prominent
    conspicuous in position or importance
    clear and distinct
    crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    made a feature or highlight; given prominence
    in evidence
    clearly to be seen
    singled out for notice or especially for a dire fate
    outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking
    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
    lacking discretion; injudicious
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    inconspicuous, invisible
    not prominent or readily noticeable
    obscure, unnoticeable
    not drawing attention
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  2. adjective
    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
    synonyms: blatant, blazing
    not concealed or hidden
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