What does atrocity mean?

Definitions for atrocity
əˈtrɒs ɪ tiatroc·i·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word atrocity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocity, atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousnessnoun

    the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

  2. atrocity, inhumanitynoun

    an act of atrocious cruelty


  1. atrocitynoun

    The quality or state of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.

  2. atrocitynoun

    An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice.

  3. Etymology: * From atrox, from ater

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Atrocitynoun

    Horrible wickedness; excess of wickedness.

    Etymology: atrocitas, Lat.

    I never recall it to mind, without a deep astonishment of the very horrour and atrocity of the fact in a christian court. Henry Wotton.

    They desired justice might be done upon offenders, as the atrocity of their crimes deserved. Edward Hyde.


  1. atrocity

    An atrocity is an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically involving physical violence or injury. It's often associated with actions during warfare or violent events that are extremely brutal, inhuman or appalling, and it may involve a violation of human rights.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atrocitynoun

    enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness or cruelty

  2. Atrocitynoun

    an atrocious or extremely cruel deed

  3. Etymology: [F. atrocit, L. atrocitas, fr. atrox, atrocis, cruel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atrocity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atrocity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of atrocity in a Sentence

  1. Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik:

    I will keep telling that genocide was not committed there. It was a grave atrocity.

  2. George Steiner:

    Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.

  3. Stewart Lee:

    In short, if Cameron said “bunch of migrants” by accident, he is a dick, but if he said it on purpose, in order to draw the eye, dead-cat-style, away from the Google atrocity, which he did, then he is a bastard, which is worse.

  4. Tim Scott:

    One of the things that perhaps we can learn through the political process about bringing people together is to remember South Carolina, remember the families of the nine victims, how they brought a community together during the worst atrocity in our state's history, i am thankful that I live in a country where forgiveness can be seen in the worst of conditions.

  5. Jose Miguel Vivanco:

    False positive killings amount to one of the worst episodes of mass atrocity in the Western Hemisphere in recent years, and there is mounting evidence that many senior army officers bear responsibility, yet the army officials in charge at the time of the killings have escaped justice and even ascended to the top of the military command, including the current heads of the army and armed forces.

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