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egregious

[ih-gree-juh s, -jee-uh s] /ɪˈgri dʒəs, -dʒi əs/
adjective
1.
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
2.
Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
Origin of egregious
1525-1535
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
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British Dictionary definitions for non-egregious

egregious

/ɪˈɡriːdʒəs; -dʒɪəs/
adjective
1.
outstandingly bad; flagrant: an egregious lie
2.
(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 non-egregious

egregious

adj.

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.

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