What is the meaning of atrocious?


  • Shockingly brutal or cruel.
    • usage: "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
  • Exceptionally bad or displeasing.
    • usage: "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
  • Provoking horror.
    • usage: "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"
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APAWordNet. (2010). atrocious. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/atrocious/definitions/1168655
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MLAWordNet. "atrocious" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/atrocious/definitions/1168655>
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