- Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
- The student has made egregious errors on the examination.
- 16thC, Christopher Marlowe, Ignoto,
- I cannot cross my arms, or sigh "Ah me," / "Ah me forlorn!" egregious foppery! / I cannot buss thy fill, play with thy hair, / Swearing by Jove, "Thou art most debonnaire!"
- c1605, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, Act 2, Scene 3,
- My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
- 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games
- When the goal is simply to be as faithful as possible to the material—as if a movie were a marriage, and a rights contract the vow—the best result is a skillful abridgment, one that hits all the important marks without losing anything egregious.
- 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” – but may also be used for a compliment, or even on its own: “Sir, you are egregious.”