Definition of atrocity
1 : a shockingly bad or atrocious act, object, or situation <the atrocities of war>
2 : the quality or state of being atrocious < … the paralysing atrocity of the thought which occupied her. — Joseph Conrad>
Examples of atrocity in a sentence
Atrocities were committed by forces on both sides of the conflict.
Who could be capable of such atrocity?
Origin and Etymology of atrocity
First Known Use: 1534
ATROCITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atrocity for English Language Learners
: a very cruel or terrible act or action
ATROCITY Defined for Kids
Definition of atrocity for Students
: an extremely cruel or terrible act, object, or situation <the atrocities of war>
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