noun, plural a·troc·i·ties.
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|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They appear to see not atrocities but adventure, not gore but glory.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Rogin|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
It is often difficult to find any motive for their atrocities.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi|John S. C. Abbott
Madame de Maintenon became greatly troubled by these atrocities, against which she did not dare to remonstrate.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
Many of the atrocities which were committed in it are now widely known through the histories of those times of blood.Paris: With Pen and Pencil|David W. Bartlett
Indeed the atrocities which these men perpetrated were the main cause of the hostility of the savages.Christopher Carson|John S. C. Abbott
In the popular drama of Punch, we observe a perfect climax of atrocities and horrors.The Comic English Grammar|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for atrocities
noun plural -ties
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.