egre·​gious | \ i-ˈgrē-jəs How to pronounce egregious (audio) \

Definition of egregious

1 : conspicuous especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant egregious errors egregious padding of the evidence — Christopher Hitchens
2 archaic : distinguished

Other Words from egregious

egregiously adverb
egregiousness noun

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Egregious comes from a Latin word meaning "distinguished" or "eminent." It was once a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her above others. Today, the meaning of the word is noticeably less complimentary, possibly as a result of ironic use of its original sense.

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 on the Web The Campaign to Save Roe is in many ways even more egregious. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Shein's brand of ultra-fast fashion is particularly egregious, critics say. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Critics say Whetstone's case is a particularly egregious example of the revolving door culture at the Statehouse, where government officials often seek private sector jobs to cash in on their public service. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Jon and Kate are a particularly egregious example of the collective assumption that the responsibility for children’s well-being lies primarily with their mother. Danielle Lindemann, The Atlantic, 13 Feb. 2022 The offense, as noted here last week, is egregious. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 But outside counsel soon relayed that Sarver's contract effectively prevented him from being removed absent serious criminal behavior or similarly egregious conduct. ... Chris Coppola, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 Throughout the story, Sarver denies allegations, offers reasons why his comments and behavior could be taken out of context or admits to some egregious conduct. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Others who face the charge include scores of individuals not accused of violence or destruction but of some of the most egregious conduct — such as occupying the Senate chamber, sitting in vice president’s chair and targeting government officials. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of egregious

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for egregious

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

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21 May 2022

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egre·​gious | \ i-ˈgrē-jəs How to pronounce egregious (audio) \

Legal Definition of egregious

: extremely and conspicuously bad

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