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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 wrong, sometimes vilely and atrociously wrong.
A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth Arthur Chu December 20, 2014

Historical Examples

It is stated that never in history were novels so atrociously mediocre as they are to-day.
Books and Persons Arnold Bennett

Well, your French accent is so atrociously bad, I don’t wonder!
The Princess of the School Angela Brazil

Here St. Aubyn hid his face, and groaned: he grieved to hear the woman he had once loved could have been so atrociously wicked.
Mystery and Confidence (vols. 3 of 3) Elizabeth Pinchard

He could see him leaning over the balustrade and smiling at him atrociously.
The Combined Maze May Sinclair

Such an atrociously cheeky, unladylike thing to do, and putting her address here at the Grange!
The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil

I have been atrociously injured; I have killed—I deserve death, but that is all.
The Red and the Black Stendhal

We rowed up and down industriously for a period of time which seemed to me atrociously long.
The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book William Makepeace Thackeray

Scotch notes are so atrociously filthy, and gold is too heavy for the pocket.
Modern Flirtations Catherine Sinclair

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.


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