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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
If and when this takes effect, the U.S. will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not party to the deal—an egregious snub to the world, for a number of reasons.
But with the help of computer technology, there is hope that the most egregious criminals can be identified and brought to justice.
In a handful of egregious cases, employers held workers in indentured servitude, demanded kickbacks, failed to provide free lodging and skimped on wages, according to court records.
And there is no more egregious leader in this movement than Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, to lead the commission.
Most egregious, Kravitz said, was that Bridgeforth focused his crime on one particular neighborhood.
Massachusetts also purges from its website board orders for some egregious cases, the Boston Globe has reported.
Even doctors with egregious violations are allowed to redeem themselves through education and treatment centers, which have quietly proliferated over the past two decades.
This type of egregious behavior will be prosecuted swiftly by my office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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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.
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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