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atrocious adj
1 shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn: flagitious, grievous, heinous, monstrous]
2 exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" [syn: abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable]
3 provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly]

User Contributed Dictionary



From atrox, from ater.



  1. frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous
    • Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners.
  2. offensive or heinous
  3. very bad; abominable or disgusting
    • Their taste in clothes is just atrocious.

Related terms


evil, cruel
  • Catalan: atroç
  • Danish: grusom
  • Dutch: vreselijk, verschrikkelijk, monsterlijk, afgrijselijk
  • Finnish: julma, hirveä
  • French: atroce
  • German: grauenhaft
  • Italian: atroce
  • Romanian: atroce
offensive, heinous
  • Danish: oprørende
  • Dutch: afschuwelijk
  • French: atroce
  • Italian: atroce
  • Romanian: atroce
abominable, disgusting
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