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egregious

Definition:

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more egregious

Superlative:

most egregious

Similar to:

conspicuous

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

an egregious lie

Synonyms:

crying [attributive] | flagrant | glaring | gross | rank

Etymology:

"distinguished, eminent, excellent", from Latin egregius "distinguished,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

egregious | flagrant [synonym, sense-specific] | eminent [synonym, sense-specific] | distinguished [synonym, sense-specific] | egregiously [adverb, derived]

outstandingly bad; flagrant | [archaic] distinguished; eminent (6 of 455 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

egregious | flagrant [synonym, sense-specific] | distinguished [synonym, sense-specific] | conspicuous [synonym, sense-specific] | blatant [synonym, sense-specific] | glaring [synonym, sense-specific] | gross [synonym, sense-specific] | obvious [synonym, sense-specific] | patent [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "distinguished" | "conspicuous" ; especially, conspicuously bad; "flagrant" (8 of 236 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

egregious

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion. | Outrageously bad. (11 of 121 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

egregious | shocking [synonym, sense-specific] | egregiously [derived] | egregiousness [derived]

outstandingly bad; shocking | [archaic] : remarkably good. (7 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

egregious | egregiously [adverb, related] | egregiousness [noun, related]

[archaic] remarkable | outstanding for undesirable qualities; remarkably bad; flagrant (9 of 36 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

egregious | egregiously [adverb, related] | egregiousness [noun, related]

Conspicuously bad or offensive. (4 of 33 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

egregious [formal]

extremely bad (2 of 27 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

egregious

extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant. | [archaic] distinguished or eminent. (11 of 24 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/egregious

Cambridge Dictionary:

egregious [formal disapproving]

often of mistakes, extremely bad (5 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Flagrant [disambiguation]

may refer to: Flagrant foul, a term in basketball | In flagrante delicto, caught in the act of committing a crime | Obvious (disambiguation) (22 of 74 words, 3 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

egregious [formal]

conspicuously bad or offensive (4 of 37 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607662​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

egregious

First use: 1530s

Origin: "distinguished, eminent, excellent", from Latin egregius "distinguished, excellent, extraordinary", from the phrase ex grege "rising ... (16 of 51 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

egregious

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in "..."): from Latin egregius "illustrious", literally "standing out from the flock", from ex- "out" + grex, greg- ... (21 of 31 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

egregious

Origin: Latin prefix e- ("out of"), + grex ("flock"), + English adjective suffix -ous, from Latin suffix -osus ("full of"); reflecting the positive connotations of "standing out from the flock".

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Collins Dictionary:

egregious

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin ēgregius outstanding (literally: standing out from the herd), from ē- out + grex flock, herd

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/egregious

American Heritage Dictionary:

egregious

Origin: From Latin ēgregius, outstanding: ē-, ex-, ex- + grex, greg-, herd; see ger- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

egregious

Origin: Latin egregius, separated from the herd, hence select from e-, out + grex: see "gregarious"

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Merriam-Webster:

egregious

First use: about 1534

Origin: Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd

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Encarta Dictionary:

egregious [formal]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin egregius "illustrious" from greg- "flock"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607662​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

egregious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "egregious"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

egregious [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "egregious"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

egregious [formal disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "egregious"

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the Free Dictionary:

egregious

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Google Dictionary:

egregious

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

egregious

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YourDictionary Audio:

egregious

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