[ uh-troh-shuhs ]
/ əˈtroʊ ʃəs /


extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime.
shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.

Origin of atrocious

First recorded in 1660–70; atroci(ty) + -ous

Related forms

a·tro·cious·ly, adverba·tro·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for atrocious


/ (əˈtrəʊʃəs) /


extremely cruel or wicked; ruthlessatrocious deeds
horrifying or shockingan atrocious road accident
informal very bad; detestableatrocious writing

Derived Forms

atrociously, adverbatrociousness, noun

Word Origin for atrocious

C17: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black
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