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egregious

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adjective egre·gious \i-ˈgrē-jəs\

Simple Definition of egregious

  • : very bad and easily noticed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of egregious

  1. 1 archaic :  distinguished

  2. 2 :  conspicuous; especially :  conspicuously bad :  flagrant <egregious errors> <egregious padding of the evidence — Christopher Hitchens>

egregiously

adverb

egregiousness

noun

Examples of egregious in a sentence

  1. … 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

  2. History cannot be rewritten, but some of its more egregious errors can be corrected—at least in part, at least symbolically. … Or so assume a growing number of human-rights advocates. —Ellis Cose, Newsweek, 27 Aug. 2001

  3. an egregious example of political bias

  4. <the student's theme was marred by a number of egregious errors in spelling>



Did You Know?

Egregious derives from the Latin word egregius, meaning "distinguished" or "eminent." In its earliest English uses, egregious was a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her eminently above others. That's how English philosopher and theorist Thomas Hobbes used it in flattering a colleague when he remarked, "I am not so egregious a mathematician as you are." Since Hobbes' day, however, the meaning of the word has become noticeably less complimentary, possibly as a result of ironic use of its original sense.

Origin and Etymology of egregious

Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd — more at gregarious


First Known Use: circa 1534


Law Dictionary

egregious

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adjective egre·gious \i-ˈgrē-jəs\

Legal Definition of egregious

  1. :  extremely and conspicuously bad





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