- extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
- Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
Origin of egregious
Examples from the Web for egregious
Perhaps one of the most egregious examples is the abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
Here are just a few of the most egregious uses of lethal force by Chicago police.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
The most egregious uses of lethal force have been borne by people with intellectual disabilities and children.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
To call Wild an emotional film would be an egregious disservice to its astounding journey to screen.Crying With Laura Dern: The Star on Her Oscar-Worthy ‘Wild’ Turn
December 3, 2014
Conditions are worsening and the Rodney King verdict is certainly not the most egregious injustice in our midst.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
He felt happier now that he had pricked the egregious fellow's vanity.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
I had followed her in, and I ground my teeth at such an egregious piece of folly.The Shame of Motley
It is much more likely that I should be an egregious failure.Scaramouche
But he in his egregious vanity must of cours e misunderstand.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
It would seem, conversely, that they who cope ill have made some egregious blunder?The Memorabilia
- outstandingly bad; flagrantan egregious lie
- archaic distinguished; eminent
Word Origin and History for egregious
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.