Definition of atrocity
- the atrocities of war
- … the paralysing atrocity of the thought which occupied her.
- —Joseph Conrad
Atrocities were committed by forces on both sides of the conflict.
Who could be capable of such atrocity?
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: a very cruel or terrible act or action
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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