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[ih-gree-juh s, -jee-uh s] /ɪˈgri dʒəs, -dʒi əs/
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
Origin of egregious
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 Unabridged
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  • 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 Raphael Sabatini
  • It is much more likely that I should be an egregious failure.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But he in his egregious vanity must of cours e misunderstand.

  • It would seem, conversely, that they who cope ill have made some egregious blunder?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for egregious


/ɪˈɡriːdʒəs; -dʒɪəs/
outstandingly bad; flagrant: an egregious lie
(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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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