V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: extremely and blatantly bad
Synonyms: blatant, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank, outrageous
Antonyms: good, great, nice, remarkable
Tips: Egregious has the root greg, which is the same root found in gregarious, congregation, and aggregate. The root greg is derived from the Latin word grex, "flock." When you add the prefix e-, it denotes "away from" the flock. The idea is that you have done something unusually bad and totally unacceptable by "the flock" or society.
It was an egregious error on his part. (unusually bad, flagrant)
That was an egregious oversight on his part and could cost our company millions. (unusually bad, blatant)
I don't think it was that egregious; I know several people who have made that same mistake. (outrageous, unusually bad)
It was an egregious error for a diplomat to behave so arrogantly. (flagrant, blatant)
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