Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conspicuously bad or offensive. synonym: flagrant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Above the common; beyond what is usual; extraordinary.
  • Now, more commonly in a bad or condemnatory sense, extreme; enormous.
  • Synonyms . Huge, monstrous, astonishing, surprising, unique, exceptional, uncommon, unprecedented.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); -- formerly used with words importing a good quality, but now joined with words having a bad sense

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
  • adjective Outrageously bad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin ēgregius, outstanding : ē-, ex-, ex- + grex, greg-, herd; see ger- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin prefix e- ("out of"), + grex ("flock"), + English adjective suffix -ous, from Latin suffix -osus ("full of"); reflecting the positive connotations of "standing out from the flock".

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