Definition of atrocious
Examples of atrocious in a Sentence
… much of the manufactured-home industry employed sales practices that were atrocious. The need for meaningful down payments was frequently ignored. Sometimes fakery was involved. Moreover, impossible-to-meet monthly payments were being agreed to by borrowers who signed up because they had nothing to lose. —Warren E. Buffett, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2009
In the hands of a succession of more or less sadistic colonial governors and prison officers, convicts, particularly repeat offenders, found themselves subjected to atrocious punishments, flogged, committed to chain gangs, kept in underground pits, starved, and bullied. —Caroline Moorehead, New York Review of Books, 16 Nov. 2006
It would seem that by now the Tigers might be weary of analyzing their roller-coaster season, sick of reliving their atrocious 9-23 start and comparing it with their recent hot streak. —Sports Illustrated, 4 Sept. 2000
an atrocious period in the nation's history
an atrocious crime that shocked even hardened members of the police force
Recent Examples of atrocious from the Web
This is the main cause of the atrocious air pollution that plagues Ulaanbaatar each winter.
That’s an unproductive conversation because the fundamental problem is the normalization of atrocious behavior that makes room for a wide range of inappropriate actions.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has explained that this cause of action applies only to conduct that 'goes beyond all possible bounds of decency, and is regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.'
Since the Dark Knight trilogy ended, DC has made some of the world's most atrocious superhero movies in history, culminating in the execrable Batman v. Superman.
If Wentz can adjust to the league's adjustment to him then Pederson should win seven games; maybe eight, if the defensive backfield isn't atrocious again.
Atrocious table manners, left unchecked, do not become more endearing with time.
In interviews with The Washington Post, former detainees described conditions so atrocious that many prisoners died from torture, medical neglect or starvation.
The hope must be that the Senate will have more compassion and good sense than the House, which passed this atrocious bill.
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ATROCIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atrocious for English Language Learners
: very evil or cruel
: very bad
ATROCIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of atrocious for Students
1 : extremely brutal, cruel, or wicked an atrocious crime
2 : very bad atrocious weather atrocious manners
atrociouslyadverb behaved atrociously
Legal Definition of atrocious
: characterized by extreme cruelty or viciousness atrocious assault and battery
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