Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness.
  • n. An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n.  The quality or state of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.
  • n.  An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness or cruelty.
  • n. An atrocious or extremely cruel deed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.
  • n. A specific act of extreme heinousness or cruelty; an atrocious deed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act of atrocious cruelty
  • n. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.