• WordNet 3.6
    • adj egregious conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible "a crying shame","an egregious lie","flagrant violation of human rights","a glaring error","gross ineptitude","gross injustice","rank treachery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Egregious Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); -- formerly used with words importing a good quality, but now joined with words having a bad sense; as, an egregious rascal; an egregious ass; an egregious mistake. "The egregious impudence of this fellow.""His [Wyclif's egregious labors are not to be neglected."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • egregious Above the common; beyond what is usual; extraordinary. In a good sense, distinguished; remarkable.
    • egregious Now, more commonly in a bad or condemnatory sense, extreme; enormous.
    • egregious Synonyms . Huge, monstrous, astonishing, surprising, unique, exceptional, uncommon, unprecedented.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Egregious e-grē′ji-us prominent: distinguished: outrageous: enormous (in bad sense)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. egregius,; lit., separated or chosen from the herd, i. e., distinguished, excellent; e, out + grex, gregis, herd. See Gregarious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. egregius, chosen out of the flock—e, out, grex, gregis, a flock.


In literature:

What an unmitigated, egregious fool!
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Then he laughed to think what an egregious ass he was.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
They will fail, and fail egregiously; but it is exactly upon this failure that our hopes of success are based.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
When, therefore, we apply to American life the characters, motives, and manners of European social existence, we make an egregious blunder.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
I will not pay you so egregious a compliment.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
How could I have so egregiously deceived myself in him?
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
It made even small decisions egregiously painful.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
Radical empiricism, trying, as it does, to account for objective knowledge by means of such a series, egregiously fails.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
The critical perspective is egregiously untrue.
"Allan Ramsay" by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
If you think reporting easy, my good sir, you are most egregiously mistaken.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In poetry:

Man, the egregious egoist
(In mystery the twig is bent)
Imagines, by some mental twist,
That he alone is sentient
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
Perceiving this, the bactrian's frame
With anger was inflated,
Till, growing larger, he became
Egregiously elated;
For inspiration's sudden spell
Had pointed out a way to swell.
"The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Himself examines all the streets;
Tells every passenger he meets,
And his egregious folly states
To churchwardens and magistrates.
But all adhering to one rule,
Join, with himself, to call him fool.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
"This Pisa was a pleasant place,
Beloved by poets in their prime;
Yonder our Shelly used to pace,
And Byron ottavas would rhyme.
Till Shelley, from this fair environ,
Scrammed to escape egregious Byron.
"The Leaning Tower" by Robert W Service
The egregious rustic put to death
A bull by stopping of its breath,
Disposed the carcass in a shed
With fragrant herbs and branches spread,
And, having well performed the charm,
Sat down to wait the promised swarm.
"The Bees and Flies" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

His most egregious alleged acts against them occurred outside the two-year statute of limitations .
Union leaders say tenure and collective bargaining are not the problem, nor is it fair to use egregious cases to indict the entire system.
Sixty minutes of news, reviews, interviews, egregious technical errors, and baffling streams of non sequiturs.
In the Bending Elbows column of June 3, under the headline "At the St James Theater, Springtime for Poseurs," the writer and photographer committed an egregious offense against a good friend of mine.
Shooting was unjustified and 'egregious'.
What's the pick for most egregious waste of government money.
Every year, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) puts out a new edition of his "Wastebook," which chronicles the most egregious wastes of taxpayer money by a titanic government that constantly insists it needs more tax revenue.
ATF whistleblower calls botched probe "egregious".
Why would we think the French, of all people, would change the way they play the game of love, seduction, and intimidation just because one of their politicians is an egregious example of a man who … got caught.
USA Today takes a long look at CEO perks, but it doesn't do a good job of prioritizing the really egregious (ie newsworthy) ones.
No, I'm not defending Ann Coulter 's egregious use of the r word in a tweet about President Obama.
Does a visit from Fido represent an egregious violation of the US Constitution's guarantee that citizens are free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Let me start by saying that From Software has made some egregious mistakes in its port of Dark Souls.
The allegations are among the most egregious to emerge from the scandal over British legislators' lavish expenses , whose exposure in 2009 led to a wave of resignations and prosecutions.
Perhaps the most egregious example of this trend is that of Gunter Grass.

In science:

The top line that asymptotes to a normalized sharpness of 0.6 excludes the most egregious blends from being targeted (although it may also exclude starGC blends).
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
At this point the weighted average methodology mainly serves to identify fairly egregious types of false conclusions derived from such unwarranted comparisons, but perhaps it can also serve as a building block for future work on comparability and usability issues in the ACS.
Incompatibility of trends in multi-year estimates from the American Community Survey
Squares: Population II Cepheid or egregious outlier cut.
A New Cepheid Distance to the Giant Spiral M101 Based On Image Subtraction of HST/ACS Observations
Squares: Population II Cepheid or egregious outlier cut.
A New Cepheid Distance to the Giant Spiral M101 Based On Image Subtraction of HST/ACS Observations
Squares: Population II Cepheid or egregious outlier cut.
A New Cepheid Distance to the Giant Spiral M101 Based On Image Subtraction of HST/ACS Observations