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Examples of egregious in a Sentence
… 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
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
an egregious example of political bias
the student's theme was marred by a number of egregious errors in spelling
Recent Examples of egregious from the Web
As Thomas notes, the abuses can be horrifying: This system — where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use — has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses.
In fact, the commission allowed former police chief Daryl Gates, whose egregious leadership was essentially responsible for the beating of Rodney King and the riots that followed, to write his own civil service evaluations—all of them positive.
Perhaps the most egregious case today is America’s opioid epidemic, which in 2015 killed 16,000 people from overdoses of prescription drugs, in essence legalised heroin sold as painkillers.
Particularly egregious story here of Fox Sports laying off social media specialist Tyson Winter 27 hours after telling him his job was safe.
This is the most egregious case I’ve ever seen filed by the TABC.
His record -- 284-276, so far -- isn't egregious by baseball standards.
That meant the court wasn’t aware of some of the more egregious incidents.
The lawsuit also contains more egregious allegations of kidnapping and extortion by bounty hunters and assertions that the companies violated state and federal racketeering laws through those underlying offenses.
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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.
EGREGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of egregious for English Language Learners
: very bad and easily noticed
Legal Definition of egregious
: extremely and conspicuously bad
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