egregious

  • 1egregious — Of its two opposed meanings, ‘remarkably good, distinguished’ (as in Marlowe s egregious viceroys of these eastern parts in Tamburlaine) and ‘remarkably bad’, only the second is now in use, although it is also used to mean ‘exceptional, unusual’… …

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  • 2Egregious — E*gre gious (?; 277), a. [L. egregius; lit., separated or chosen from the herd, i. e., distinguished, excellent; e out + grex, gregis, herd. See {Gregarious}.] Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); formerly used with words… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3egregious — egre·gious /i grē jəs/ adj: extremely and conspicuously bad Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. egregious I …

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  • 4egregious — [ē grē′jəs, igrē′jəs; ] also [, ē grē′jəs əs, i grējē əs] adj. [L egregius, separated from the herd, hence select < e , out + grex: see GREGARIOUS] 1. Archaic remarkable 2. outstanding for undesirable qualities; remarkably bad; flagrant [an… …

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  • 5egregious — 1530s, distinguished, eminent, excellent, from L. egregius distinguished, excellent, extraordinary, from the phrase ex grege rising above the flock, from ex out of (see EX (Cf. ex )) + grege, ablative of grex herd, flock (see GREGARIOUS (Cf …

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  • 6egregious — [adj] outstandingly bad; outrageous arrant, atrocious, capital, deplorable, extreme, flagrant, glaring, grievous, gross*, heinous, infamous, insufferable, intolerable, monstrous, nefarious, notorious, outright, preposterous, rank, scandalous,… …

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  • 7egregious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) outstandingly bad. 2) archaic remarkably good. DERIVATIVES egregiously adverb egregiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin egregius illustrious (literally standing out from the flock ), from grex flock …

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  • 8egregious — /əˈgridʒiəs / (say uh greejeeuhs), / dʒəs/ (say juhs) adjective 1. remarkably or extraordinarily bad; flagrant: an egregious lie; an egregious fool; *I am not going to pander to such egregious vanity. –ada cambridge, 1904. 2. Obsolete… …

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  • 9egregious — adjective Etymology: Latin egregius, from e + greg , grex herd more at gregarious Date: circa 1534 1. archaic distinguished 2. conspicuous; especially conspicuously bad ; flagrant < egregious errors > …

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  • 10egregious — egregiously, adv. egregiousness, n. /i gree jeuhs, jee euhs/, adj. 1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar. 2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent. [1525 35; < L egregius preeminent, equiv. to e&#8230; …

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  • 11egregious — adjective /ɪˈɡriː.dʒəs,əˈɡriː.dʒi.əs/ a) Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion. The student has made egregious errors on the examination. b) Outrageously bad. I cannot cross my arms, or sigh Ah me, / Ah me&#8230; …

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  • 12egregious — [[t]ɪgri͟ːʤəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Egregious means very bad indeed. [FORMAL] ...the most egregious abuses of human rights. Syn: grievous …

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  • 13egregious — adjective formal an egregious error, failure, problem etc is extremely bad and noticeable: a most egregious error of judgement egregiously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14egregious — e•gre•gious [[t]ɪˈgri dʒəs, dʒi əs[/t]] adj. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar[/ex] • Etymology: 1525–35; &LT; L ēgregius preeminent =ē e +gregius, adj. der. of grex, s. greg flock; see ous&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15egregious — adj. 1 outstandingly bad; shocking (egregious folly; an egregious ass). 2 archaic or joc. remarkable. Derivatives: egregiously adv. egregiousness n. Etymology: L egregius illustrious, lit. standing out from the flock f. grex gregis flock …

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  • 16egregious — adj. Egregious is used with these nouns: ↑error, ↑example, ↑sin, ↑violation …

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  • 17egregious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. flagrant, gross. See badness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. flagrant, glaring, extreme; see outrageous . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [i GREE jus] extremely bad or outrageous.&#8230; …

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  • 18egregious — e|gre|gious [ıˈgri:dʒəs] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: egregius unusual , from grex group of animals ] an egregious mistake, failure, problem etc is extremely bad and noticeable &GT;egregiously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19egregious — adjective an egregious error of judgment Syn: shocking, appalling, terrible, awful, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous; monstrous, heinous, dire, unspeakable, shameful, unforgivable, intolerable, dreadful; f …

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  • 20egregious — Synonyms and related words: a bit much, abandoned, abominable, absolute, all embracing, all encompassing, all out, all pervading, appalling, arrant, astonishing, atrocious, awful, base, beastly, beneath contempt, blameworthy, born, boundless,&#8230; …

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