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atrocious

[uh-troh-shuh s] /əˈtroʊ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal:
an atrocious crime.
2.
shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable:
an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.
Origin of atrocious
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; atroci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
atrociously, adverb
atrociousness, noun
Synonyms
1. felonious, heinous, monstrous, diabolical, devilish. 2. execrable; detestable.
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British Dictionary definitions for atrociously

atrocious

/əˈtrəʊʃəs/
adjective
1.
extremely cruel or wicked; ruthless: atrocious deeds
2.
horrifying or shocking: an atrocious road accident
3.
(informal) very bad; detestable: atrocious writing
Derived Forms
atrociously, adverb
atrociousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black
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Word Origin and History for atrociously

atrocious

adj.

1660s, from stem of Latin atrox "fierce, savage, cruel" (see atrocity) + -ous. Colloquial sense "very bad" is late 19c. Related: Atrociously; atrociousness.

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