atrocity

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noun atroc·i·ty \ə-ˈträ-sə-tē\

Definition of atrocity

plural

atrocities

  1. 1 :  a shockingly bad or atrocious act, object, or situation <the atrocities of war>

  2. 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

  1. Atrocities were committed by forces on both sides of the conflict.

  2. Who could be capable of such atrocity?

Origin and Etymology of atrocity

see atrocious


First Known Use: 1534


ATROCITY Defined for English Language Learners

atrocity

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noun atroc·i·ty \ə-ˈträ-sə-tē\

Definition of atrocity for English Language Learners

  • : a very cruel or terrible act or action


ATROCITY Defined for Kids

atrocity

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noun atroc·i·ty \ə-ˈträ-sə-tē\

Definition of atrocity for Students

plural

atrocities

  1. :  an extremely cruel or terrible act, object, or situation <the atrocities of war>



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