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Definitions for atrocious
əˈtroʊ ʃəsatro·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrousadjective

    shockingly brutal or cruel

    "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"

  2. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

  3. atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, uglyadjective

    provoking horror

    "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"


  1. atrociousadjective

    frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous

    Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners.

  2. atrociousadjective

    offensive or heinous

  3. atrociousadjective

    very bad; abominable or disgusting

    Their taste in clothes is just atrocious.

  4. Etymology: From atrox, from ater.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ATROCIOUSadjective

    Wicked in a high degree; enormous; horribly criminal.

    Etymology: atrox, Lat.

    An advocate is necessary, and therefore audience ought not to be denied him in defending causes, unless it be an atrocious offence. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. atrocious

    Atrocious is an adjective used to describe something extremely bad or unpleasant, horrific or appalling in nature or quality. It often refers to acts that are cruel, brutal, or exceedingly wrong.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atrociousadjective

    extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness; as, atrocious quilt or deeds

  2. Atrociousadjective

    characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity

  3. Atrociousadjective

    very grievous or violent; terrible; as, atrocious distempers

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Atrocious

    a-trō′shus, adj. extremely cruel or wicked: heinous: very grievous: execrable.—adv. Atrō′ciously.—ns. Atrō′ciousness; Atroc′ity, atrociousness: an atrocious act. [L. atrox, atrocis, cruel—ater, black.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atrocious in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atrocious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of atrocious in a Sentence

  1. Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma:

    We see this case as a gross misuse of the prison administrative system to punish someone for criticizing the president, the claim contains evidence that the decision to keep Mr. Avenatti under atrocious conditions was made at the highest level of government.

  2. Burlington County:

    During this child's short time on Earth, she experienced nothing but pain and suffering caused by the hands of her own mother, this was an atrocious act, and one that was entirely preventable given our state's law that allows someone to anonymously give up an unwanted infant.

  3. Carlos Mera:

    The weather has been atrocious for coffee, especially in Brazil.

  4. Heiko Maas:

    We reject any relativisation of the Holocaust, germany bears responsibility for the most atrocious crime of human history.

  5. Congressman Mulvaney:

    My guess is worse stuff is going to come out in the last 30 days, they've got more videotapes. Everything the guy's ever said is on a videotape or an audio tape. There is going to be some atrocious things that are gon na come out. That's not going to make Hillary Clinton a good candidate for president.

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