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egregious

[ih-gree-juh s, -jee-uh s] /ɪˈgri dʒəs, -dʒi əs/
adjective
1.
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
2.
Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
Origin
1525-1535
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
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British Dictionary definitions for egregiousness

egregious

/ɪˈɡriːdʒəs; -dʒɪəs/
adjective
1.
outstandingly bad; flagrant an egregious lie
2.
(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 egregiousness

egregious

adj.

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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