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Definition exceptionally bad
  • She asked for triple damages due to egregious negligence.
egregious = exceptionally bad
  • 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  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • And this error is so egregious that...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • egregious = exceptionally bad
  • My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • egregious = exceptionally bad
  • Here, then, are just a few of the more egregious threats to personal freedom.
    Robert A. Levy  --  The USA Patriot Act: We Deserve Better  -- (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  -- (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  --,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  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • 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
  • Adah the Poor Thing, hemiplegious egregious besiege us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It was a most egregious lie and one that hid the dreadful purpose of our hearts.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • "No matter how egregiously," the second inserted.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It must be an egregious defect indeed, which could make me backward on this occasion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • 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
  • 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 Hidden Oracle
  • In that context, then, Coca-Cola's error with New Coke becomes all the more egregious.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • That said, the book went on to describe, chapter after chapter, some of the most egregious canine behaviors imaginable.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • 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 fact remains," says Evelyn, almost sweetly, "that you have committed egregious crimes against this city.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant

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