egregious

adjective
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

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Other Words from egregious

egregiously adverb
egregiousness noun

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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.

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
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Philadelphia’s record has been particularly egregious, but forfeiture abuse is widespread across the U.S. This settlement goes a long way to making Philadelphia less corrupt, and other states should get the message. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Philadelphia’s Forfeiture Landmark," 18 Sep. 2018 The most egregious example came in the top of the 10th when Cain drew a leadoff walk and Christian Yelich singled and moved to second on the throw in, only to be stranded. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Josh Hader's rough seventh inning stands out in loss for the Brewers," 10 July 2018 An airline that accidentally priced a luxury flight from Vietnam to New York City at an egregious $15,000 discount has decided to honor the tickets purchased at the fare. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airline Prices $16,000 Luxury Flight at $675 After 'Ticketing Error' on New Year's Day," 2 Jan. 2019 Voters will often make egregious choices, and sometimes those choices produce horrifying outcomes. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 The Federal Trade Commission has brought several lawsuits, while the Federal Communications Commission has considered various regulations to deal with the issue and in one case slapped an egregious robocaller with an $82 million fine. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Spam calls grew 300 percent worldwide in 2018, according to Truecaller," 18 Dec. 2018 People are fired for much less egregious activity than Ms. Sandberg. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It’s time for Facebook’s board to step up," 23 Nov. 2018 Bucci is a systems biology researcher at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who also carried out some of the analysis finding egregious flaws in the homeopathy study. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Bogus homeopathy data published in top journal sparks outcry, facepalms," 10 Oct. 2018 Former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton supported the death penalty for drug kingpins in egregious cases. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019

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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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egregious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of egregious

formal : very bad and easily noticed

egregious

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

Legal Definition of egregious

: extremely and conspicuously bad

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