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  • Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
  • Outrageously bad.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

E*gre"gious (?; 277), a. [L. egregius; lit., separated or chosen from the herd, i. e., distinguished, excellent; e out + grex, gregis, herd. See Gregarious.] Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); -- formerly used with words importing a good quality, but now joined with words having a bad sense; as, an egregious rascal; an egregious ass; an egregious mistake.

The egregious impudence of this fellow.
Bp. Hall.

His [Wyclif's] egregious labors are not to be neglected.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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