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[ih-gree-juh s, -jee-uh s] /ɪˈgri dʒəs, -dʒi əs/
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
Origin of egregious
1525-35; < Latin ēgregius preeminent, equivalent to ē- e-1 + greg-, stem of grēx flock + -ius adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
egregiously, adverb
egregiousness, noun
nonegregious, adjective
nonegregiously, adverb
nonegregiousness, noun
unegregious, adjective
unegregiously, adverb
unegregiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for egregious
  • The socks-and-sandal combo is perhaps the most egregious fashion faux pas.
  • We are shocked by the more egregious examples of calloused indifference.
  • You should have thought about your parents before you committed your many egregious acts of plagiarism.
  • Perhaps the most egregious thing they do is to use nonstandard grammar.
  • The most egregious misconduct that they could find consisted of a recursive citation.
  • If you encounter a truly egregious situation, you might want to consult a lawyer.
  • Martin had the most egregious foul of the game midway through the third quarter.
  • Today, the evasions seem egregious, though hardly incomprehensible.
  • The lack of solid statistical evidence for the number of civilian casualties is one egregious omission.
  • Against that background, the bonuses seem egregious.
British Dictionary definitions for egregious


/ɪˈɡriːdʒəs; -dʒɪəs/
outstandingly bad; flagrant: an egregious lie
(archaic) distinguished; eminent
Derived Forms
egregiously, adverb
egregiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēgregius outstanding (literally: standing out from the herd), from ē- out + grex flock, herd
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Word Origin and History for egregious

1530s, "distinguished, eminent, excellent," from Latin egregius "distinguished, excellent, extraordinary," from the phrase ex grege "rising above the flock," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + grege, ablative of grex "herd, flock" (see gregarious).

Disapproving sense, now predominant, arose late 16c., originally ironic and is not in the Latin word, which etymologically means simply "exceptional." Related: Egregiously; egregiousness.

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