Definition of atrocity in English:


Syllabification: a·troc·i·ty
Pronunciation: /əˈträsədē

noun (plural atrocities)

1An extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury: war atrocities scenes of hardship and atrocity
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.
abomination, cruelty, enormity, outrage, horror, monstrosity, obscenity, violation, crime, abuse;
1.1 humorous A highly unpleasant or distasteful object: the house was a split-level atrocity
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  • 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.


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

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