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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.
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 egregiously
  • However, they have not attempted to correct any of the obviously egregiously distorted data.
  • But that is not the main reason that the announced results resound as not only false, but as egregiously in-your-face false.
  • They would focus on supporting community defense and police, which have been egregiously neglected throughout the war.
  • All biofuels cost more than petrol, but some are egregiously wasteful.
  • He dismissed a few call-outs as egregiously lopsided.
  • He's not as egregiously offensive as many politicians.
  • Skeptically, wearily, she must retrace the bitter path which has led her so egregiously astray.
  • The adjective awesome is not only egregiously overused, but one that makes this writer cringe every time she hears it.
  • The majority is demonstrably, egregiously, recklessly wrong.
  • These citations are a reflection of the appalling and egregiously unsafe manner in which this mine was operated.
British Dictionary definitions for egregiously


/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 egregiously



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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