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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
North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious.
All of it makes the lack of action on Bennett even more egregious.
The poor start is especially egregious given the incredibly evocative intro to the original Xenoblade Chronicles—which was set on a world made from the interlocked corpses of two continent-sized colossi.
As a result of the investigation, the Board directed the organization terminate the relationship with most egregious author of inappropriate comments.
But the way schools are funded is not as egregious as widely believed, according to recent data.
According to EdBuild, a nonprofit focused on school-finance issues, the most egregious cases of segregation are shown by the roughly 36 districts that were formed since 2000 as a result of secession—when a school district splits from a larger one.
The band's lack of a nomination has felt even more egregious with more progressive-rock bands - Yes and Rush - earning induction in recent years.
Of course, this Minister of Goodness proposition is made all the more egregious by their official positions.
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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.
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