Atrocity meaning

ə-trŏsĭ-tē
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The definition of an atrocity is something that is very cruel or brutal.

The Holocaust is an example of an atrocity.

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(uncountable) The quality or state of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.
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Atrocious behavior or condition; brutality, cruelty, etc.
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An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.
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Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness.
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An atrocious act.
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(informal) A very displeasing or tasteless thing.
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(countable) An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice.
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Origin of atrocity

  • From Latin atrox (“terrible, cruel”), from āter (“matte black”)

    From Wiktionary