noun (plural atrocities)
- 1An extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury: war atrocities scenes of hardship and atrocityMore 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.
- 1.1 • humorous A highly unpleasant or distasteful object: the house was a split-level atrocityMore 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.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'cruelty'): from French atrocité or Latin atrocitas, from atrox, atroc- 'cruel'.