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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
He brought up what he called an atrocity: the case of Isa Mohammed Ali, 71, who he said died after suffocating on tear gas.
Just an observation – I notice the VDT is busy, but will not show his/her face to defend this latest atrocity from the right.
His transformation, his finding himself, after witnessing a horrible atrocity, is a miracle.
And any protest against an atrocity is a sign of an active, thinking society, which is important, and in a democracy like India even more so.
The latest Borders atrocity is actually only the next logical step in a sorry progression that began when publishers started allowing the marketing department to tell editorial which books they could sell to the bookstores.
It would indeed be a sad state of affairs if we have been censored like that, but then no atrocity is a surprise these days.
People please flood our government with calls and letters that this atrocity is unacceptable.
The road to disgraces like the Duke atrocity is short and direct.
Motive and intent are important here and the use of the word atrocity is more useful for political traction than for accurately capturing the reality of the situation.
Gary, an atrocity is what happened in Iraq on Monday.