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Conspicuously bad or offensive. See Synonyms at flagrant.
[From Latin ēgregius, outstanding : ē-, ex-, ex- + grex, greg-, herd; see ger- in Indo-European roots.]
1. outstandingly bad; flagrant: an egregious lie.
2. archaic distinguished; eminent
[C16: from Latin ēgregius outstanding (literally: standing out from the herd), from ē- out + grex flock, herd]
e•gre•gious(ɪˈgri dʒəs, -dʒi əs)
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
[1525–35; < Latin ēgregius preeminent =ē- e- + gregius, adj. derivative of grex, s. greg- flock; see -ous]
egregious- First meant "remarkably good" and "standing out or apart from the flock or herd; eminent"; its later derogatory sense is probably an ironical use.
See also related terms for herd.
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|Adj.||1.||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"|
conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"