Definition of atrocious in English:

atrocious

Line breaks: atro|cious
Pronunciation: /əˈtrəʊʃəs
 
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adjective

1Horrifyingly wicked: atrocious cruelties
More example sentences
  • This helps to explain why murder is such an atrocious crime.
  • It was possibly the most atrocious monstrosity every pulled off on American soil.
  • They watched the hideous spectacle, stunned by the monster's atrocious acts.
Synonyms
brutal, barbaric, barbarous, brutish, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, nasty, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, low-down, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible; abominable, outrageous, offensive, hateful, disgusting, despicable, contemptible, loathsome, odious, revolting, repellent, repugnant, abhorrent, harrowing, nightmarish, gruesome, grisly, sickening, nauseating, horrifying, hideous, unspeakable, unforgivable, intolerable, beyond the pale, scandalous, flagrant, execrable
informal horrid, gross, sick-making, sick
British informal beastly
rare egregious, flagitious, cacodemonic, facinorous
1.1Of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant: he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent atrocious weather
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  • The generally poor and occasionally atrocious quality of the writing doesn't help.
  • It's unforgivably bad journalism, laughably poor sub-editing, and atrocious proof-reading.
  • The weather was atrocious, with heavy snow and high winds.
Synonyms
appalling, dreadful, terrible, very bad, unpleasant, lamentable, woeful, miserable, poor, inadequate, unsatisfactory
British informal shocking, duff, beastly, chronic, pants, a load of pants, rubbish, rubbishy, ropy
vulgar slang crap, crappy, chickenshit
archaic direful

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin atrox, atroc- 'cruel' + -ious.

Derivatives

atrociously

adverb
More example sentences
  • 90 per cent of people here drive atrociously.
  • After making my first tuition payment last week, I'm thinking of launching a one-man crusade against the atrociously high cost of higher education today.
  • Factory-farmed chickens are transported and slaughtered under atrociously inhumane conditions, says Weisberg.

atrociousness

noun
More example sentences
  • Stravinsky was, in Adorno's opinion, evading existentialist man's duty to confront his own times in all their complexity and atrociousness.
  • In her autobiography she said curiosity had made her take the job, but 60 years on she admits she failed to let herself see the atrociousness of the regime she worked for.
  • In the opinion of the Chamber, there is no doubt that considering their undeniable scale, their systematic nature and their atrociousness, the massacres were aimed at exterminating the group that was targeted.

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