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?
Recent Examples of atrocity from the Web
Islamic State atrocities are horrific, incomprehensible.
And with atrocities mounting on both sides and refugees fleeing at an alarming rate, South Sudan’s future is imperiled.
The magazine includes articles about the East St. Louis race massacres and the Silent Parade held in Harlem, New York, to bring attention to the atrocities happening in Illinois.
After surviving a wartime atrocity, Anjum leaves the Khwabgah and starts another new life in a nearby cemetery, a place for outcasts dead and living.
President Trump also has yet to speak out on the reports of atrocities against gay men in Chechnya, despite several other world leaders and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley condemning the violence faced by gay men in the country.
Many fans on Reddit have already voiced concerns about putting the final Star Wars film in the hands of a man who committed such a cinematic atrocity.
And victims of the violence await the establishment of a commission to document the atrocities and achieve a level of justice and social reconciliation.
Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening.
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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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