- extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime.
- shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.
Origin of atrocious
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1. felonious, heinous, monstrous, diabolical, devilish. 2. execrable; detestable.
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Examples from the Web for atrocious
Condemning them obscures the larger message to be taken from this atrocious crime.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
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On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be.Now Let’s Replace All the Other Big-Spending Eric Cantors
June 11, 2014
Plus, his remake history is a mixed bag, with the solid True Grit and the atrocious Oldboy.Robert Pattinson as Indiana Jones? Here Are Our Picks to Fill Harrison Ford’s Fedora
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Republicans were caught off-guard all campaign long and their response was atrocious.Win Women, Win the Midterms
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April 15, 2014
“The cutbacks that have been done to social and mental health services is atrocious,” she said.Vegan Strippers Let It All Hang Out
Kelly Williams Brown
March 29, 2014
Here one of the most atrocious massacres of the West took place.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
If he were to be seen driving with her there would be an atrocious scandal.
He began to hesitate, having an atrocious dread of risking his tranquillity.Therese Raquin
His spirit may be seen in the atrocious conditions which he proposed.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
This father may have been the victim of the most atrocious injustice.Chance
- extremely cruel or wicked; ruthlessatrocious deeds
- horrifying or shockingan atrocious road accident
- informal very bad; detestableatrocious writing
C17: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black
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Word Origin and History for atrocious
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