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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
But often, some of the more egregious behavior takes place months and years later, when the cameras have moved on.
Paul Shechtman, a lawyer for Mr. Liang, argued in court that there had never been a manslaughter case in New York in which the allegations were less egregious and the conduct less blameworthy.
The rules were simple: Each game went to 21 points, and only the most egregious fouls were called.
Rights groups believe that many suspected of being militants are held at Al-Azouly military prison in Ismailia, a secretive site that the groups say is a center of some of the most egregious abuses.
Three years after Miller left the MLBPA, so began the most egregious case of collusion in sports.
And what this investigation would determine, essentially, was whether Willms, the white-hot e-commerce whiz, was actually one of the most egregious scammers in the history of the Internet.
Our food correspondent's list of the more egregious gastronomical happenings of the year.
But the most egregious offender might also be one of the most enduringly popular: pumpkin, which finds its flavor (canned, mashed, candied) seeping into just about everything from October 31 to Christmas Day, from bread to coffee to beer.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of egregious
Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd — more at gregarious
First Known Use: circa 1534
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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