Definition of egregious in English:

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egregious

Pronunciation: /əˈɡrējəs/

adjective

1Outstandingly bad; shocking: egregious abuses of copyright
More example sentences
  • That's the kind of service recovery you'd expect from a decent company, especially after being publicly outed for egregious customer abuse.
  • Opposition to the extremist activities of the university unions grew stronger as their abuses became more egregious.
  • The desire for vengeance is very strong, simply because the abuses were so egregious.
Synonyms
shocking, appalling, terrible, awful, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous;
monstrous, heinous, dire, unspeakable, shameful, unforgivable, intolerable, dreadful
formal grievous
2 archaic Remarkably good.
Example sentences
  • I am not so egregious a mathematician as you are.
  • When he wanted to draw some one splendid and egregious, it was Clive he took for a model.

Derivatives

egregiously

adverb
Example sentences
  • There is something terribly wrong in this country when a major story like that can be printed which is so egregiously wrong.
  • The average price of U.S. electricity fell throughout the twentieth century, and it has kept falling since, except in egregiously mismanaged markets such as California's.
  • We live in a society which has become so accustomed to accepting egregiously mindless anti-social behaviour as meaningful rebellion that it could see a hero lurking somewhere in a hooligan.

egregiousness

noun
Example sentences
  • We hardly recognize the egregiousness of insults like this when they most urgently need to be remembered.
  • The Times had its several pomposities and egregiousness.
  • The English dub is awful, of course, but since 99% of all anime is served up this way in North America, it becomes increasingly difficult to put red marks on a disc for this egregiousness.

Origin

Mid 16th century (sense 2): from Latin egregius 'illustrious', literally 'standing out from the flock', from ex- 'out' + grex, greg- 'flock'. The derogatory sense (late 16th century) probably arose as an ironical use.

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  • congregate from Late Middle English:

    The Latin word for a herd or flock was grex, giving congregare, meaning ‘to collect into a herd or flock, to unite’. Gregarious (mid 17th century), meaning ‘fond of company’, is also descended from grex, as are aggregate (Late Middle English) ‘herd together’; egregious (mid 16th century) ‘standing out from the herd’ and originally complimentary; and segregation (mid 16th century) ‘set apart from the herd’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·gre·gious

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