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Sunday, April 16, 2000

Definitions for egregious

  1. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.

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Citations for egregious
The most egregious offender is alleged to be a Heber City, Utah, man, who said he was a certified public accountant and requested $393 million in refunds, including a $210 million refund for one customer. , Nashville Business Journal
Our objective is to get the most egregious flops, the ones where the player's just flat taking a dive, Jackson said. Associated Press, USA Today
Origin of egregious
1525-1535
Egregious derives from Latin egregius, separated or chosen from the herd, from e-, ex-, out of, from + grex, greg-, herd, flock. Egregious was formerly used with words importing a good quality (that which was distinguished "from the herd" because of excellence), but now it is joined with words having a bad sense. It is related to congregate (to "flock together," from con-, together, with + gregare, to assemble, from grex); segregate (from segregare, to separate from the herd, from se-, apart + gregare); and gregarious (from gregarius, belonging to a flock).
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