Grievous vs Egregious - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between grievous and egregious
is that grievous
is causing grief, pain or sorrow while egregious
is exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
* greuous (obsolete)
* grievious (less common outside dialects)
Causing grief, pain or sorrow.
* 1883 ,
Serious, grave, dire or dangerous.
- As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed but not dangerous.
* See also
Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
* 16thC , ,
- The student has made egregious errors on the examination.
* c1605 , , Act 2, Scene 3,
- I cannot cross my arms, or sigh "Ah me," / "Ah me forlorn!" egregious foppery! / I cannot buss thy fill, play with thy hair, / Swearing by Jove, "Thou art most debonnaire!"
* 22 March 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
- My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
Outrageously bad; shocking.
- When the goal is simply to be as faithful as possible to the material—as if a movie were a marriage, and a rights contract the vow—the best result is a skillful abridgment, one that hits all the important marks without losing anything egregious .
The negative meaning arose in the late 16th century, probably originating in sarcasm. Before that, it meant outstanding in a good way. Webster also gives “distinguished” as an archaic form, and notes that its present form often has an unpleasant connotation (e.g., "an egregious error" ). It generally precedes such epithets as “rogue,” “rascal,” "ass," “blunderer”.