Origin of atrocity
Examples from the Web for atrocities
Many prominent Congolese human-rights activists consider minerals to be at the heart of the perpetration of atrocities.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
They appear to see not atrocities but adventure, not gore but glory.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
The world still does not know the extent of the atrocities committed in Sinjar.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
We are going to defend the Syrian people both from the atrocities of the Assad regime and from the atrocities of ISIS.Syrian Rebels: We’ll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad, Whether Obama Likes It or Not
September 12, 2014
Atrocities of a quite grizzly sort were part and parcel of many of his “engagements.”Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer
James A. Warren
August 17, 2014
The English nation have never forgiven Mary for these atrocities.Queen Elizabeth
What a manly bold letter that was of his about the Negro atrocities.
It is often difficult to find any motive for their atrocities.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
Ireland and Scotland, likewise, have each been made the theatre of her atrocities.
We are weary of recounting these atrocities, as others must be of reading them.
- behaviour or an action that is wicked or ruthless
- the fact or quality of being atrocious
- (usually plural) acts of extreme cruelty, esp against prisoners or civilians in wartime
Word Origin and History for atrocities
1530s, from Middle French atrocité or directly from Latin atrocitatem (nominative atrocitas) "cruelty, fierceness, harshness," noun of quality from atrox "fierce, cruel, frightful," from PIE *atro-ek-, from root *ater- "fire" (see atrium) + *okw- "see" (see eye (n.)); thus "of fiery or threatening appearance." The meaning "an atrocious deed" is from 1793.