Definition of egregious in English:



  • 1Outstandingly bad; shocking.

    ‘egregious abuses of copyright’
    • ‘Opposition to the extremist activities of the university unions grew stronger as their abuses became more egregious.’
    • ‘But there's often more egregious abuse among the tiny nonprofits that operate below the radar.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that I found these egregious examples of bias in a single issue of a single newspaper, randomly chosen.’
    • ‘That is an egregious violation of the responsibility a scholar has.’
    • ‘Why do you think the specialized business press continues to make what you consider such an egregious and howling error?’
    • ‘People have said to him since then that the loss of the title might not be such a bad thing, that such an egregious collapse might well help focus the mind and restore desire in the long run.’
    • ‘That's the kind of service recovery you'd expect from a decent company, especially after being publicly outed for egregious customer abuse.’
    • ‘I've never seen such an egregious act of political opportunism or shameless trafficking in human misery.’
    • ‘But I find it hard to deny that egregious self-importance in individuals is one of the defining characteristics of our society.’
    • ‘I don't think you need a defector to tell you how foul he was and how egregious were his human rights abuses…’
    • ‘The public has a compelling right to know about egregious examples of nepotism and favoritism like this by public officials.’
    • ‘Obviously, when journalists betray their code of ethics by making up stories, or egregious misconduct, they must be punished.’
    • ‘Music companies are more egregious in their abuse of consumers than the movie companies.’
    • ‘The desire for vengeance is very strong, simply because the abuses were so egregious.’
    • ‘They are so unprofessional - if a newspaper or a broadcast programme made such an egregious slur they'd print a correction or broadcast an apology.’
    • ‘If you do something outrageous or egregious enough, you can become rich and famous.’
    • ‘Journalists are running back and forth across town to find the most egregious technical errors and blatant fraud.’
    • ‘No, the egregious violation was going past the sacred 51 day deadline for replacing a name on the ballot.’
    • ‘The misuse of the grand jury by prosecutors is among the most egregious abuses of all.’
    • ‘It is in the cover-up that we usually see the most egregious abuse of a leader's power.’
    shocking, horrific, horrifying, horrible, terrible, awful, dreadful, ghastly, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous, hateful, loathsome, odious, gruesome, grisly, monstrous, nightmarish, heinous, harrowing, dire, vile, shameful, unspeakable, unforgivable, unpardonable
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  • 2archaic Remarkably good.

    • ‘When he wanted to draw some one splendid and egregious, it was Clive he took for a model.’
    • ‘I am not so egregious a mathematician as you are.’


Mid 16th century (in egregious (sense 2)): from Latin egregius ‘illustrious’, literally ‘standing out from the flock’, from ex- ‘out’ + grex, greg- ‘flock’. Sense 1 (late 16th century) probably arose as an ironic use.