Definition of atrocity in English:

atrocity

Line breaks: atro¦city
Pronunciation: /əˈtrɒsɪti
 
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noun (plural atrocities)

1An extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury: a textbook which detailed war atrocities
More example sentences
  • They are forced to commit atrocities against their own families and communities.
  • Those responsible for atrocities against the Acehnese should be brought to trial.
  • Rights advocates say that the number of atrocities against women in the country is increasing.
Synonyms
act of barbarity, act of brutality, act of savagery, act of wickedness, cruelty, abomination, enormity, outrage, horror, monstrosity, obscenity, iniquity, violation, crime, transgression, wrong, wrongdoing, offence, injury, affront, scandal, injustice, abuse; Lawmalfeasance, tortbarbarity, barbarism, brutality, savagery, inhumanity, cruelty, wickedness, badness, baseness, evil, iniquity, horror, heinousness, villainy, lawlessness, crime, transgression, wrong, wrongdoing, injustice, abuse; Lawmalfeasance
1.1 humorous A highly unpleasant or distasteful object: atrocities in cheap red nylon
More example sentences
  • I remember thinking that if I were blindfolded and forced to taste and identify this carbonated atrocity, I would have guessed it was antifreeze, aftershave or pond water.
  • While some of my colleagues are asking kids to change out of shirts that expose their midriffs and skirts that fall ten inches or so above the knee, I usually find myself blissfully unaware of the tasteless atrocities that I am supposedly bombarded with on a daily basis.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'cruelty'): from French atrocité or Latin atrocitas, from atrox, atroc- 'cruel'.

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