egregious


adjective

  1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
  2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent.

adjective

  1. outstandingly bad; flagrantan egregious lie
  2. archaic distinguished; eminent
adj.

1530s, “distinguished, eminent, excellent,” from Latin egregius “distinguished, excellent, extraordinary,” from the phrase ex grege “rising above the flock,” from ex “out of” (see ex-) + grege, ablative of grex “herd, flock” (see gregarious).

Disapproving sense, now predominant, arose late 16c., originally ironic and is not in the Latin word, which etymologically means simply “exceptional.” Related: Egregiously; egregiousness.

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