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Something egregious is wrong or bad in a very obvious way or an offensive way.
Egregious things stick out and are easy to notice because they're so bad or so wrong.
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Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an egregious miscalculation.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their miscalculation was egregious.”)
How to use it:
Call anything egregious when it's outrageously bad or extremely wrong. You might talk about egregious errors or egregious mistakes, egregious behavior, egregious abuse or egregious misuse of something, egregious insults, egregious crimes, egregious bullying, egregious tactics, egregious accusations or egregious mud-slinging, egregious rule-breaking or law-breaking, egregious lies or egregious lying, and so on.
The key to using "egregious" correctly is to make sure you're using it to describe something that's already at least mildly bad or mildly wrong on its own. It makes sense to talk about an egregious error, but not an egregious dream, for example, because an error is bad on its own, but a dream is neutral.
My sisters and I made an egregious omission in one of our first attempts to bake cookies without our parents' help. Just FYI, cookies made without flour aren't really cookies at all.
The packaging on hair products always make egregiously inaccurate claims. No, your hair will absolutely not look salon-styled after you used this shampoo. It will be clean, and that's it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "egregious" means when you can explain it without saying "flagrantly bad" or "completely wrong."
Think of a rule that you always follow because you think it's important, and fill in the blanks: "I would never _____, because that would be an egregious breach of my rule about _____."
Example: "I would never get angry at a kid for doing a bad job on her homework, because that would be an egregious breach of my rule about respecting any amount of effort they put in at all."
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1. One opposite of EGREGIOUS is
2. She's widely thought of as an egregious _____.
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Exploring the archives:
Today's word has that prefix "e-" that means "out," like in "exit."
We've already looked at a bunch of others with the same prefix. #4 is the easiest to figure out, and it'll be awesome if you can recall one or more of the others, too:
1. "Eb_______" AND "ef_______" ;literally mean "bubbling out" or "bubbling over." These two words describe enthusiastic, lively people.
2. "Ec__________" literally means "out of the center." It describes bizarre people.
3. "Ed___" literally means "to lead out." It often describes drawing a conclusion.
4. "Ef___" literally means "to take out the face." It describes getting rid of something completely.
5. "Ef__________" literally means "blossoming out." It describes things that flourish.
6. "Ef_______" literally means "stuff that flows out." It describes nasty junk, and one Make Your Point reader recently identified it as a least favorite word.
7. "Ef________" literally means "out of the forehead" (weird!) and it describes in-your-face rudeness.
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