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?

Recent Examples of atrocity from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of atrocity

see atrocious


ATROCITY Defined for English Language Learners

atrocity

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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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