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.’
    • ‘That is an egregious violation of the responsibility a scholar has.’
    • ‘It is in the cover-up that we usually see the most egregious abuse of a leader's power.’
    • ‘Journalists are running back and forth across town to find the most egregious technical errors and blatant fraud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think you need a defector to tell you how foul he was and how egregious were his human rights abuses…’
    • ‘Why do you think the specialized business press continues to make what you consider such an egregious and howling error?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that I found these egregious examples of bias in a single issue of a single newspaper, randomly chosen.’
    • ‘The desire for vengeance is very strong, simply because the abuses were so egregious.’
    • ‘Obviously, when journalists betray their code of ethics by making up stories, or egregious misconduct, they must be punished.’
    • ‘No, the egregious violation was going past the sacred 51 day deadline for replacing a name on the ballot.’
    • ‘If you do something outrageous or egregious enough, you can become rich and famous.’
    • ‘But there's often more egregious abuse among the tiny nonprofits that operate below the radar.’
    • ‘Music companies are more egregious in their abuse of consumers than the movie companies.’
    • ‘But I find it hard to deny that egregious self-importance in individuals is one of the defining characteristics of our society.’
    • ‘The misuse of the grand jury by prosecutors is among the most egregious abuses of all.’
    • ‘The public has a compelling right to know about egregious examples of nepotism and favoritism like this by public officials.’
    • ‘I've never seen such an egregious act of political opportunism or shameless trafficking in human misery.’
    • ‘That's the kind of service recovery you'd expect from a decent company, especially after being publicly outed for egregious customer abuse.’
    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.

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


Mid 16th century (in egregious): 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.