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

Other Words from egregious

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 Prosecutors detailed one egregious example of the kind of deals that got Malekzadeh in trouble. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 The most egregious example comes via a new exposé that reveals a lack of oversight has allowed former SEC lawyers to use their ties to the agency to game a whistle-blowing program and earn themselves tens of millions of dollars. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 28 July 2022 In one particularly egregious example, Exxon Mobil and Chevron received less favorable ESG scores than Russian energy companies Gazprom and Rosneft, in which Vladimir Putin’s government is a major shareholder. Mike Pence, WSJ, 26 May 2022 For critics of Republican rule in South Dakota’s Statehouse, the revelation of the meeting’s details provided an egregious example of how the fate of bills and the workings of state government are often decided in closed-door GOP meetings. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 One egregious example is authorities’ placing children in foster care and billing parents for its cost. Astraea Augsberger, The Conversation, 18 May 2022 Critics have already savaged the deal — which will cost the state $600 million and Erie County an additional $250 million — as an egregious example of corporate welfare. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 The most egregious example comes at the novel’s climax, after Matteotti has been murdered. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 All told, the 1870s to 1930s era of constitutional jurisprudence on civil rights and corporations is probably the most egregious example of judicial tyranny in American history — at least so far. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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

Legal Definition of egregious

: extremely and conspicuously bad

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