atrocious

adjective
atro·​cious | \ ə-ˈtrō-shəs How to pronounce atrocious (audio) \

Definition of atrocious

1 : extremely wicked, brutal, or cruel : barbaric prisoners subjected to atrocious treatment
2 : appalling, horrifying the atrocious weapons of modern war an atrocious accident
3a : utterly revolting : abominable atrocious working conditions atrocious weather
b : of very poor quality atrocious handwriting

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Other Words from atrocious

atrociously adverb
atrociousness noun

Examples of atrocious in a Sentence

… much of the manufactured-home industry employed sales practices that were atrocious. The need for meaningful down payments was frequently ignored. Sometimes fakery was involved. Moreover, impossible-to-meet monthly payments were being agreed to by borrowers who signed up because they had nothing to lose. — Warren E. Buffett, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2009 In the hands of a succession of more or less sadistic colonial governors and prison officers, convicts, particularly repeat offenders, found themselves subjected to atrocious punishments, flogged, committed to chain gangs, kept in underground pits, starved, and bullied. — Caroline Moorehead, New York Review of Books, 16 Nov. 2006 It would seem that by now the Tigers might be weary of analyzing their roller-coaster season, sick of reliving their atrocious 9-23 start and comparing it with their recent hot streak. Sports Illustrated, 4 Sept. 2000 an atrocious period in the nation's history an atrocious crime that shocked even hardened members of the police force
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Recent Examples on the Web The hexagonal shape of the steering wheel is atrocious. Fortune, 3 Oct. 2021 The Ravens have no clue in pass defense, and the tackling from this group is atrocious. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 26 Sep. 2021 One potential reason is that the Chiefs are atrocious defensively in the red zone. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 If someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime, that person will correctly not be found suitable for release. Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 Rodgers, who didn’t play a snap in the preseason, was atrocious in his first action of 2021. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 If someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime, that person will correctly not be found suitable for release. Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 If someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime, that person will correctly not be found suitable for release. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Ceiling fans have changed a lot since the days of my atrocious ‘90s fan. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of atrocious

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for atrocious

Latin atroc-, atrox gloomy, atrocious, from atr-, ater black + -oc-, -ox (akin to Greek ōps eye) — more at eye

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16 Oct 2021

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“Atrocious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atrocious. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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atrocious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of atrocious

: very evil or cruel
: very bad

atrocious

adjective
atro·​cious | \ ə-ˈtrō-shəs How to pronounce atrocious (audio) \

Kids Definition of atrocious

1 : extremely brutal, cruel, or wicked an atrocious crime
2 : very bad atrocious weather atrocious manners

Other Words from atrocious

atrociously adverb behaved atrociously

atrocious

adjective
atro·​cious | \ ə-ˈtrō-shəs How to pronounce atrocious (audio) \

Legal Definition of atrocious

: characterized by extreme cruelty or viciousness atrocious assault and battery

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