adjective \i-ˈgrē-jəs\

: very bad and easily noticed

Full Definition of EGREGIOUS

archaic :  distinguished
:  conspicuous; especially :  conspicuously bad :  flagrant <egregious errors> <egregious padding of the evidence — Christopher Hitchens>
egre·gious·ly adverb
egre·gious·ness noun

Examples of EGREGIOUS

  1. an egregious example of political bias
  2. <the student's theme was marred by a number of egregious errors in spelling>
  3. … the public perception is that too many corporate executives have committed egregious breaches of trust by cooking the books, shading the truth, and enriching themselves with huge stock-option profits while shareholders suffered breathtaking losses. —John A. Byrne et al., Business Week, 6 May 2002


Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd — more at gregarious
First Known Use: circa 1534


Next Word in the Dictionary: egress (noun)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: ego trip
All Words Near: egregious

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up egregious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More