very heinous filled with huge wickedness as atrocious shame or deeds
- shockingly intense or cruel
- exceptionally bad or displeasing
- provoking scary
- very heinous; full of enormous wickedness; since, atrocious quilt or deeds.
- Characterized by, or articulating, great atrocity.
- really grievous or violent; bad; as, atrocious distempers.
1660s, from stem of Latin atrox "fierce, savage, harsh" (see atrocity) + -ous. Colloquial sense "very bad" is belated 19c. Relevant: Atrociously; atrociousness.
(a.) exceptionally heinous; filled with enormous wickedness; since, atrocious quilt or deeds.
- (a.) described as, or expressing, great atrocity.
- (a.) Very grievous or violent; terrible; since, atrocious distempers.
Unitarians were saved from these atrocious penalties by a later act (53 Geo.