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Oneself and the others

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Egregious
(adj) outstandingly bad. Origin: L e-, out + grex, flock => 'out of the flock' The bread-winning husband often taunted his wife that looking after the house was hardly difficult; anybody could do it. One Sunday morning, she challenged him to prove his claim. He took it up with alacrity. By dinner time, however, he admitted with an embarrassed smile, that his housekeeping was egregious and that he had learnt to respect his wife for the wonderful ease with which she managed everything. Define: alacrity