noun, plural a·troc·i·ties.
Origin of atrocity
Related Words for atrocityhorror, barbarity, brutality, inhumanity, evil, crime, enormity, wickedness, nefariousness, savagery, infamy, iniquity, abomination, monstrosity, wrong, offense, outrage, monstrousness
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Contemporary Examples of atrocity
In this other video, 29-year-old Crawford is not committing an atrocity such as might be expected of ISIS.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
Fueled by atrocity and a blitzkrieg of gains in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has enjoyed a meteoric climb to notoriety.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
But thankfully, spurred in large part by social media, the world is finally addressing this atrocity.Boko Loco: A View From Nigeria
May 9, 2014
Suffice it to say, eight years after the Halimi atrocity, the case still inflames opinion.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
Whittam told the jury that any attempts to justify the atrocity were irrelevant.U.K. Beheading Trial’s Grisly Start
November 30, 2013
Historical Examples of atrocity
And then I thought how wicked I might have been,—a monster of crime and atrocity.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
The enemy, he said, meant by this atrocity to frighten our sailors away from the sea.Notes on Life and Letters
Doctor Crosson mopped his brow at the atrocity of his thoughts this morning.In a Little Town
The folly of such a government corrects and tempers its atrocity.
It was not content with atrocity, it must needs add cynicism.
noun plural -ties
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.