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.
Webster's New World Law
Origin of Atrocious
From Latin atrōxatrōc-frightful, cruelāter- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinatrox (“fierce, frightful, cruel”), from ater (“black”).
Atrocious Sentence Examples
This atrocious act was soon avenged.
Her breath must be atrocious.
Dawkins points to the really atrocious consequences of faith.
However atrocious its conception and its aims, it is impossible not to feel, together with horror for the deed, some pity and admiration for the guilty persons who took part in it.
But during the atrocious holocausts formidable states had grown up around France, observing her and threatening her; and on the other hand, as on the morrow of the Hundred Years War, the lassitude of the country, the lack of political feeling on the part of the upper classes and their selfishness, led to a fresh abdication of the nations rights.