atrocity

[ uh-tros-i-tee ]
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noun,plural a·troc·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being atrocious.

  2. an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.

Origin of atrocity

1
1525–35; <Latin atrōcitās, equivalent to atrōci- (stem of atrōx) fierce + -tās-ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for atrocity

atrocity

/ (əˈtrɒsɪtɪ) /


nounplural -ties
  1. behaviour or an action that is wicked or ruthless

  2. the fact or quality of being atrocious

  1. (usually plural) acts of extreme cruelty, esp against prisoners or civilians in wartime

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