extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime.
shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.
- a·tro·cious·ly, adverb
- a·tro·cious·ness, noun
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How to use atrocious in a sentence
Using the timeout to save five yards in the middle of the field early in the third quarter on first down is one of the most atrocious decisions a coach can make.What to know from NFL playoffs first round: Lamar Jackson wins and Tom Brady finds a way | Adam Kilgore | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
I don’t know if you can find it on a map, but this is atrocious.Ric Grenell snaps at reporter for asking about decriminalizing homosexuality | Chris Johnson | September 4, 2020 | Washington Blade
A lot of those people were wrong, sometimes vilely and atrociously wrong.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth | Arthur Chu | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's difficult to watch someone get atrociously beaten and not feel something.'Can We All Get Along?'—Al Sharpton Remembers Rodney King | Al Sharpton | June 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But I declare this king worthy of being confined as a madman if he were so atrociously besotted.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The various republics of Greece and the republic of Rome were nothing but oligarchies, often atrociously tyrannical.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
I read by all signs that she was making him suffer atrociously and I owed that girl a grudge.The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Woman Guest (to neighbor)—I never saw Mrs. Smythe looking quite so hideous and atrociously vulgar before, did you?
The foul rebels have refused to parley, and have atrociously wronged the would-be peace-maker.A Legend of Reading Abbey | Charles MacFarlane
British Dictionary definitions for atrocious
extremely cruel or wicked; ruthless: atrocious deeds
horrifying or shocking: an atrocious road accident
informal very bad; detestable: atrocious writing
- atrociously, adverb
- atrociousness, noun
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