extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal:
an atrocious crime.
shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable:
an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.
The teams arrived on Dec. 13 at the South Pole after a difficult trip bedeviled by atrocious conditions.
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From an atrocious starting point, enrollment on HealthCare.gov is essentially quadrupling.
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On spending and economic issues, he was atrocious and hypocritical in all the ways that a Republican can be.
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I fast became an expert at online dating, and learned my competition was atrocious.
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And the lip syncing was atrocious, with at least a majority of spoken lines failing to match up with the bizarre mouth movements.
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What atrocious edict was issued by the senate of Constantinople?
Pinnock’s Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith’s History of Rome Oliver Goldsmith
He began to hesitate, having an atrocious dread of risking his tranquillity.
Therese Raquin Emile Zola
And in power they valued most dearly the atrocious right of silencing, by foul means or fair, all opinions that were not official.
Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2) John Morley
The weather is, however, atrocious, and I am half choked with a cold.
Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II) Edmund Downey
The excuse pleaded for this atrocious barbarity was, that the victims were disguised as Indians.
The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2) George Warburton
extremely cruel or wicked; ruthless: atrocious deeds
horrifying or shocking: an atrocious road accident
(informal) very bad; detestable: atrocious writing
1660s, from stem of Latin atrox “fierce, savage, cruel” (see atrocity) + -ous. Colloquial sense “very bad” is late 19c. Related: Atrociously; atrociousness.
- Atrocious assault and battery
an assault involving the actual wounding and maiming of another person. assault.
extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime. shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners. Contemporary Examples It’s difficult to watch someone get atrociously beaten and not feel something. ‘Can We All Get Along?’—Al Sharpton Remembers Rodney King Al Sharpton June 17, 2012 A lot of those people were […]
the quality or state of being . an act, thing, or circumstance. Contemporary Examples Whether we like it or not, these atrocities are here to stay. Summer’s Ugliest Trend? Sneaker Wedges Should Be Banned! Isabel Wilkinson May 29, 2012 He shot himself at his desk on the fifth floor of the Corner House, leaving a […]
the quality or state of being . an act, thing, or circumstance. Contemporary Examples How could it not given that that life was lived as a serial witness to every kind of 20th century atrocity? Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece Michael Weiss October 12, 2013 Fueled by atrocity and a […]