meaning of atrocious

atrocious meaning in General Dictionary

very heinous filled with huge wickedness as atrocious shame or deeds

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  • 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.

atrocious meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from stem of Latin atrox "fierce, savage, harsh" (see atrocity) + -ous. Colloquial sense "very bad" is belated 19c. Relevant: Atrociously; atrociousness.


atrocious meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) exceptionally heinous; filled with enormous wickedness; since, atrocious quilt or deeds.

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  • (a.) described as, or expressing, great atrocity.
  • (a.) Very grievous or violent; terrible; since, atrocious distempers.

Sentence Examples with the word atrocious

Unitarians were saved from these atrocious penalties by a later act (53 Geo.

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