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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
Even doctors with egregious violations are allowed to redeem themselves through education and treatment centers, which have quietly proliferated over the past two decades.
There is no reason to believe the media can prevent Trump from perpetrating egregious civil-liberties abrogations simply by treating them as beyond the scope of legitimate debate.
Hard on the heels of a North Carolina prosecutor's decision not to charge another police officer in the shooting of another civilian, this one seems especially egregious.
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.
Three years after Miller left the MLBPA, so began the most egregious case of collusion in sports.
Our food correspondent's list of the more egregious gastronomical happenings of the year.
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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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