Definition of egregious in English:


Line breaks: egre|gious
Pronunciation: /ɪˈgriːdʒəs


  • 1Outstandingly bad; shocking: egregious abuses of copyright
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    • 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.
  • 2 archaic Remarkably good.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


mid 16th century (in sense 2): from Latin egregius 'illustrious', literally 'standing out from the flock', from ex- 'out' + grex, greg- 'flock'. Sense 1 (late 16th century) probably arose as an ironical use.

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