noun, plural a·troc·i·ties.
Origin of atrocity
Examples from the Web for atrocity
In this other video, 29-year-old Crawford is not committing an atrocity such as might be expected of ISIS.
Fueled by atrocity and a blitzkrieg of gains in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has enjoyed a meteoric climb to notoriety.
But thankfully, spurred in large part by social media, the world is finally addressing this atrocity.
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|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whittam told the jury that any attempts to justify the atrocity were irrelevant.
In her present state of dread she did not know of what atrocity he might venture to be guilty.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
Some of the atrocity stories many of us will recognise as not so reliable as Miss Macnaughten supposed.The Better Germany in War Time|Harold Picton
The country, a little later England and the entire civilized world, stood aghast at the atrocity of the incident.Peggy Owen and Liberty|Lucy Foster Madison
The honest, pitiless joy of a fanatic in the full flood of his atrocity preserves a certain lugubriously venerable radiance.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
He charges that person with the atrocity of crucifying anew the Son of God.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for atrocity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for atrocity
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.