- 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 egregiously
Anyone who disagreed with their interpretation was—in the words of these professors—“egregiously misrepresenting the law.”Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
Most egregiously, Krrish shamelessly steals from its predecessors.Krrish 3 Review: What the Bollywood Movie Steals From Superhero Films
November 6, 2013
We were egregiously misreading his work in order to justify an unreasonable amount of consumption.Ask the Blogger: Borrow Money, or Self-Finance School?
October 29, 2012
Those lies flow most egregiously (but not exclusively) from the president of the United States.Obama and Romney Are Both Liars
October 2, 2012
The Good Wife was egregiously shut out of the Best Drama race.Christine Baranski on ‘The Good Wife’ Season 4, Diane & ‘Brady Bunch’
August 16, 2012
The poor man little suspected how egregiously she was deceiving him!City Crimes
To take Punch only for a clown is to mistake him egregiously.
My dear fellow, somebody has imposed upon you most egregiously!The Belle's Stratagem
But the verdict of time has proved how egregiously he was in the wrong.Tobias Smollett
How egregiously wrong must his sister have been in her estimate of the man!Marion Fay
- outstandingly bad; flagrantan egregious lie
- archaic distinguished; eminent
Word Origin and History for egregiously
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.