What does atrocity mean?

Definitions for atrocity
əˈtrɒs ɪ tiatroc·i·ty

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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.

    Etymology: * From atrox, from ater

  2. atrocitynoun

    An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice.

    Etymology: * From atrox, from ater

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atrocitynoun

    enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness or cruelty

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

  2. Atrocitynoun

    an atrocious or extremely cruel deed

    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. Lois McMaster Bujold:

    Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do neccesary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity.

  2. George Steiner:

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

  3. Anuj Somany:

    When the crafty fox talks through its channel that Jackal alleges Wolf for the atrocity on animals & demands an independent enquiry and spreads this news across the jungle, only foolish beings cheer and get excited. The smart cum alert ones know that the accused will get the clean chit as it's an old game between the two to abuse verbally and blame each other in the daylight to show themselves rivals but secretly remain united in the night to enjoy party together.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    For her to say Comey was guilty of some 'atrocity'? it's embarrassing.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Empty mind people believe in fabricated news and manipulated virus cases because they can't see how without mask and social distancing movie personality so- called fake celebrity attending award functions, politicians holding mass rally activity, cricketer fraternity playing games with spectators in plenty, rich community throwing big party and how ordinary people on roads are being charged for not wearing masks with penalty besides lockdown atrocity on common population by authority.

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