atrocity

[ uh-tros-i-tee ]
/ əˈtrɒs ɪ ti /

noun, plural a·troc·i·ties.

the quality or state of being atrocious.
an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.

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Origin of atrocity

1525–35; < Latin atrōcitās, equivalent to atrōci- (stem of atrōx) fierce + -tās -ty2
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atrocity
/ (əˈtrɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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
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