Atrocious definition

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Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.

An atrocious joke.

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Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous.

An atrocious crime.

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Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
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Exceptionally bad; abominable.

Atrocious decor; atrocious behavior.

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Appalling or dismaying.
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The definition of atrocious is something evil, cruel or absolutely horrible.

The actions of Pol Pot in Cambodia are an example of atrocious.

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An act that is outrageously cruel, vile, and wicked and that demonstrates a depravity and insensitive brutality, especially when using senseless, excessive, or extreme violence during the commission of a crime.
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Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners.

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Their taste in clothes is just atrocious.

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Origin of atrocious

  • From Latin atrōx atrōc- frightful, cruel āter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin atrox (“fierce, frightful, cruel”), from ater (“black”).

    From Wiktionary