Word of the Day Wednesday: egregious

egre·gious adjective \i-ˈgrē-jəs\: very bad and easily noticed.

1 archaic :  distinguished
2:  conspicuous; especially :  conspicuously bad :  flagrant <egregious errors> <egregious padding of the evidence>
egre·gious·ly adverb
egre·gious·ness noun
 

Synonyms
blatant, conspicuous, flagrant, glaring, gross, obvious, patent, pronounced, rank, striking

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

 

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8 thoughts on “Word of the Day Wednesday: egregious”

  1. That’s one I’ve only really heard in the human resources legislation, relating to a ‘with cause’ termination. ‘Behaviour so egregious as to warrant immediate dismissal’ for example.

    1. Isn’t it? It’s something I’ve noticed periodically while doing the word of the day post. Words take on different meanings over time. It reminds me of Orwell’s book 1984 where the Ministry of Truth altered the truth, the Ministry of Peace was at war, etc. I’ve been reading this book about crowd psychology and researching dictatorships and was surprised to learn that the word dictator did not initially have the negative connotation it does today. It was first given to a person trusted with sole power for a limited period of time to act on behalf of the people during emergencies.

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