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 Many proponents of that state within and outside China possess the wealth and connections to protect themselves from its most egregious abuses; most Chinese, still poor and voiceless, cannot. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 What to you are most egregious current examples of gerrymandering? Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 The negative sentiments originated in Uganda’s long history of coups and civil wars, which led to egregious human rights abuses. Edna Namara, Quartz, 19 May 2022 Plus, some egregious examples of the context issue: learn vital facts about Palpatine, Darth Vader, Luke, Leia, and endless others. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 While younger and older workers can be victims of age bias and discrimination, some of the most egregious examples often point to those older. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Catlin went public in December 2019 with a summary of a bombshell internal investigation that found several egregious examples of Catlin faculty abusing students. oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 Countries should utilize the legal principle of universal jurisdiction to prosecute egregious abuses and violation of international humanitarian law. David Miliband, Time, 11 Mar. 2022 One of the most egregious examples involves Trump’s triplex apartment in Trump Tower. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 19 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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26 Jun 2022

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“Egregious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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