American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous: an atrocious crime.
- adj. Exceptionally bad; abominable: atrocious decor; atrocious behavior.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Manifesting or characterized by atrocity; extremely heinous, criminal, or cruel; enormously or outrageously wicked.
- Very grievous; violent: as, atrocious distempers.
- Very bad; execrable: as, an atrocious pun. Synonyms Wicked, Scandalous, Shocking, Flagrant, Heinous, Infamous, Outrageous, Atrocious, Monstrous, horrible, villainous, flagitious, diabolical, agree in expressing great and intentional badness, calling for strong abhorrence. Because they are used with feeling, the recognition of their differences is not always practicable. Flagrant and heinous are hardly applicable to persons; the others apply to persons or things. Wicked is the generic word, and is the lightest where all are strong; it is the one that is most common in a playful use, yet it is at times an intense word, as forcible as any of the others, though less definite. Scandalous means offensive to decency, and so disgraceful. That which is shocking, literally, gives a sudden and heavy blow, and hence produces a corresponding feeling of horror or disgust, or both. That which is flagrant, literally, flames into notice, and hence is glaring, striking, and so notorious, enormous in badness. Heinous means hateful, and hence aggravated. That which is infamous is worthy of a total loss of reputation, and hence has a reputation or character of the worst kind, especially for baseness. Outrageous means attended with outrage, doing outrage, especially outraging decency, going beyond all bounds, like the acts of a madman. Atrocious is primarily fierce or cruel, savage, bloody, and wicked, enormously wicked, hence violating the first principles of humanity or of human nature. That which is monstrous is so bad as to be out of the course of nature; a prodigy or miracle of badness. See abandoned, criminal, irreligious, and nefarious.
- adj. frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous
- adj. offensive or heinous
- adj. very bad; abominable or disgusting
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness.
- adj. Characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity.
- adj. obsolete Very grievous or violent; terrible.
- adj. shockingly brutal or cruel
- adj. exceptionally bad or displeasing
- adj. provoking horror
- From Latin atrox ("fierce, frightful, cruel"), from ater ("black"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin atrōx, atrōc-, frightful, cruel; see āter- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On my life, Stanley, I'll acquaint Mr. Wylder this evening with what you meditate, and the atrocious liberty you presume -- yes, Sir, though you are my brother, the _atrocious liberty_ you dare to take with my name -- unless you promise, upon your honour, now and here, to dismiss for ever the odious and utterly resultless scheme.”
“During the campaign it was revealed that Whitman herself had not voted for 28 years, a record she described as "atrocious" and had ruthlessly dumped her longtime housekeeper when it emerged she was an illegal alien - and consequently a political liability.”
“Saloniki & joined other POW's in atrocious conditions, & after some time there, we were loaded into cattle trucks, 40 to a truck.”
“They were both dressed in atrocious outfits, and one-time ANTM catchphrase photog Gilles Bensimon notched nearly 30 seconds of screen time.”
“I lighted up my pipe and waited, and the story that Oti told me in atrocious bech-de-mer I here turn into proper English.”
“Nothing short of atrocious" is such an exaggeration.”
“Given that I usually only take transit in atrocious weather, I'll be very happy to transfer to the SkyTrain part way to work and avoid the extra five blocks walk from the bus stop down a treacherous icy hill.”
“While the cuotas from Puebla to Veracruz State and on the La Venita-Tuxtla cutoff are in atrocious condition in places, the roads in Chiapas are really excellent even in many parts of the outback.”
“While that's bad enough, what's truly atrocious is that this occurs in a chapter called — no kidding — "The Boundaries of Design," which otherwise is devoted to legal wrangles about inanimate materials: annoying zoning restrictions, excessive design review, and the like.”
“Jenkins, whose walk-to-strikeout ratio has always been atrocious, is trying to work deeper in counts this season.”
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