[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. atrioventricular node,
  2. atrioventricular septum,
  3. atrip,
  4. atrium,
  5. atroceruleous,
  6. atrocious assault and battery,
  7. atrociously,
  8. atrocity,
  9. atropatene,
  10. atrophedema

Origin of atrocious

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

Related formsa·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 atrociously


/ (əˈtrəʊʃəs) /


extremely cruel or wicked; ruthlessatrocious deeds
horrifying or shockingan atrocious road accident
informal very bad; detestableatrocious writing
Derived Formsatrociously, adverbatrociousness, noun

Word Origin for atrocious

C17: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black

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Word Origin and History for atrociously



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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