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  • She asked for triple damages due to egregious negligence.
  • The contributions were an egregious violation of campaign finance rules.
  • The sages believed that there are seven types of thieves and, of these, the most egregious is the one who "steals the minds" of people.
    David Frum’s Diary on National Review Online  --  http://frum.nationalreview.com/print/(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • And this error is so egregious that...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter

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  • My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • I even challenged Judge Robert E. Lee Key’s override of the jury’s life sentence, though I knew the reduction of an innocent man’s death sentence to life imprisonment without parole would still have been an egregious miscarriage of justice.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • And if this hope was most egregiously naive and sentimental, which it no doubt was, I only wished for myself that I could bear whatever burdens might fall to me, that I might remain steadfast in my duty and uphold my responsibilities and not waver under any circumstance, and by whatever measure.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But I had also sworn not to play music, and I had already broken that part of the oath in the most egregious, NeilDiamondy way possible.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • As Leslie continues I can only reflect despairingly on the obvious irony: that if through those frigid little harpies in Virginia I had been betrayed chiefly by Jesus, I have been just as cruelly swindled at Leslie’s hands by the egregious Doktor Freud.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Adah the Poor Thing, hemiplegious egregious besiege us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • It was obviously a far more egregious situation, but I could sense faint echoes of Baltimore and the Bronx in the story of these townships.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • "No matter how egregiously," the second inserted.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • But the Taiwanese were by no means the only group that seemed egregiously unqualified.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • In that context, then, Coca-Cola’s error with New Coke becomes all the more egregious.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Indeed, it was an egregious piece of folly in me to return to the boat with but one attendant; and I had very near paid for it, having narrowly escaped forty armed Indians, who had been alarmed by the conflagration; but having passed the place where they stood, I got to the boat accompanied with the supercargo, and so went on board, sending the pinnace back again, to assist the men in what might happen.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And he is so condescending to the son he so egregiously deludes that you might suppose him the most virtuous of parents.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It was a most egregious lie and one that hid the dreadful purpose of our hearts.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • She was almost as far from believing as from wishing it to be sincere; for she had not forgotten that he could mistake, and his assertion of the offer and of her encouragement convinced her that his mistakes could sometimes be very egregious.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The elderly novelist, tall and stooped, seemed genuinely glad for news of Haiti, especially of the egregious Petit Pierre.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I had made my first egregious error of judgment as a plebe, and I would pay dearly for that error.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • From inside information extending over a series of years Mr Bloom was rather inclined to poohpooh the suggestion as egregious balderdash for, pending that consummation devoutly to be or not to be wished for, he was fully cognisant of the fact that their neighbours across the channel, unless they were much bigger fools than he took them for, rather concealed their strength than the opposite.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • —PROFESSOR HAROLD LASKI (Essay in FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION) (2) Above all, we cannot play ducks and drakes with a native battery of idioms which prescribes such egregious collocations of vocables as the Basic PUT UP WITH for TOLERATE or PUT AT A LOSS for BEWILDER.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • The egregious errors that existed in the maps of the day, all of which were made in Europe, were, moreover, a standing topic of ridicule among them; for, if they had not science enough to make any better themselves, they had sufficient local information to detect the gross blunders contained in those that existed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It must be an egregious defect indeed, which could make me backward on this occasion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • That said, the book went on to describe, chapter after chapter, some of the most egregious canine behaviors imaginable.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • If this is a repeat of my egregious lapse in foresight yesterday, then it’s most likely Jacob Black or one of his… friends.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • What Washington said at the meeting is not known, as no record survived, though it appears he thought the directive from Congress was an egregious mistake and that Nathanael Greene had the right idea.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Not satisfied that the old charges of monarchist and warmonger were sufficient, Callender called Adams a "repulsive pedant," a "gross hypocrite," and "in his private life, one of the most egregious fools upon the continent."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This is a conservative estimate, since the algorithm was able to identify only the most egregious form of cheating—in which teachers systematically changed students’ answers—and not the many subtler ways a teacher might cheat.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In perhaps his most egregious episode, eleven days after overthrowing Batista’s government in 1959, seventy-five political prisoners were marched in the dead of night toward an open field outside the city of Santiago, hands tied behind their backs.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Calling 2003 the "Four-Letter Summer," the New York Observer said: "Once the English language’s most shocking, egregious, off limits word, it has become just another cultural noise, thrown around with the casualness of a summer Softball, appearing on your TV, on your answering machine, at a newsstand near you, from the mouth of your son, your mom, your Congressman, your philosophy professor, your dentist, your waiter, your innocent virgin on the street."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Surely you have heard of the way the wand came to Egbert the Egregious, after his slaughter of Emeric the Evil?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The common sort of men seldome speak Insignificantly, and are therefore, by those other Egregious persons counted Idiots.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "You are mistaken in thinking so," returned Franz calmly; "but you merely fall into the same error which leads so many of our countrymen to commit the most egregious blunders,—I mean that of judging the habits and customs of Italy and Spain by our Parisian notions; believe me, nothing is more fallacious than to form any estimate of the degree of intimacy you may suppose existing among persons by the familiar terms they seem upon; there is a similarity of feeling at this instant between…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "The fact remains," says Evelyn, almost sweetly, "that you have committed egregious crimes against this city.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Professor Hogben (2) plays ducks and drakes with a battery which is able to write prescriptions, and, while disapproving of the everyday phrase PUT UP WITH, is unwilling to look EGREGIOUS up in the dictionary and see what it means.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • How had I made such an egregious mistake?
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Predetermined turnaround times were egregiously ignored.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • We had reached a critical juncturewhere not the wildest, most egregious falsehood could help Pig.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • However, her extreme poverty, and chiefly her egregious vanity (somewhat of which hath been already hinted to the reader), gave him some little hope, that, notwithstanding all her avowed tenderness, she might in time be brought to content herself with a fortune superior to her expectation, and which might indulge her vanity, by setting her above all her equals.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • State and federal courts have persistently insulated prosecutors from accountability for egregious misconduct that results in innocent people being sent to death row.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • These, it is true, played the fool, like my friend Garrick, in jest only; but several eminent characters have, in numberless instances of their lives, played the fool egregiously in earnest; so far as to render it a matter of some doubt whether their wisdom or folly was predominant; or whether they were better intitled to the applause or censure, the admiration or contempt, the love or hatred, of mankind.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • To which I know not what they can answer, unlesse they will say, they walke Definitive, not Circumscriptive, or Spiritually, not Temporally: for such egregious distinctions are equally applicable to any difficulty whatsoever.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I wondered, too, if the commander knew of this arrangement, or whether he would find it (as I or anyone would) to be an egregious mark on the captain’s self-respect, at least in the Japanese sense of the term, which has little to do with pride or one’s rights but with the efforts a person should make to be viewed well by his comrades.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Unfortunately for Walter, the Supreme Court ruled that county sheriffs in Alabama are state officers, again in a close 5-4 decision, which limited our ability to recover damages for the most egregious misconduct in Walter’s case.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Here, then, are just a few of the more egregious threats to personal freedom.
    Robert A. Levy  --  The USA Patriot Act: We Deserve Better  --  http://www.cato.org/current/terrorism/pubs/levy-martial-law.html(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Due process, the case instructs, permits no more than a one-to-one ratio between punitive and compensatory damages when the latter are substantial; a ratio not to exceed single digits in some other cases; and perhaps a multiple-digit ratio in cases of personal injury or egregious conduct with small damages.
    Michael S. Greve  --  The Term the Constitution Died  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.18112/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The trick here is to understand that the purpose of modern federalism is not to empower states—which are already the source of some of our most egregious policies—but to see that public policy is provided under circumstances of greater competition.
    Christopher DeMuth  --  After the Ascent  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.11289,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The preferred cultural categories, "black" or "African," "Hispanic," "Asian," "Pacific Islander," and so on, are egregiously arbitrary.
    Declaration Foundation: Restoring America  --  http://www.declaration.net/news.asp?docID=5319&y=2006(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Which thing to do,— If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash For his quick hunting, stand the putting on, I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip; Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb,— For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too;— Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me For making him egregiously an ass And practicing upon his peace and quiet Even to madness.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
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