egregious

adjective

egre·​gious i-ˈgrē-jəs How to pronounce egregious (audio)
1
: conspicuous
especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant
egregious errors
egregious padding of the evidence Christopher Hitchens
2
archaic : distinguished
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 Some verbal blunders were too egregious to laugh off. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 12 July 2024 After detailing other investigations into less egregious conduct, the senators argue that only a special counsel can properly investigate. Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 In one of the most egregious examples, six infants died and some 300,000 others were sickened by milk powder formula containing the toxic industrial chemical melamine. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 10 July 2024 There’s a certain laziness to the storytelling, as Perkins relies on tired serial-killer tropes to skip over the film’s more egregious contrivances. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for egregious 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of egregious was circa 1534

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“Egregious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egregious. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

egregious

adjective
egre·​gious i-ˈgrē-jəs How to pronounce egregious (audio)
: very noticeable
especially : glaringly bad
egregious errors
egregiously adverb
egregiousness noun

Legal Definition

egregious

adjective
egre·​gious i-ˈgrē-jəs How to pronounce egregious (audio)
: extremely and conspicuously bad

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