An example of egregious is a person who is a fantastic liar.
- Archaic remarkable
- outstanding for undesirable qualities; remarkably bad; flagrant: an egregious error
Origin of egregiousClassical Latin egregius, separated from the herd, hence select from e-, out + grex: see gregarious
Origin of egregiousFrom Latin ēgregius outstanding ē-, ex- ex- grex greg- herd ; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more egregious, superlative most egregious)
- Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
- The student has made egregious errors on the examination.
- Outrageously bad; shocking.
The negative meaning arose in the late 16th century, probably originating in sarcasm. Before that, it meant outstanding in a good way. Webster also gives “distinguished” as an archaic form, and notes that its present form often has an unpleasant connotation (e.g., "an egregious error"). It generally precedes such epithets as “rogue,” “rascal,” "ass," “blunderer”.