Definition of atrocious in English:



  • 1Horrifyingly wicked.

    ‘atrocious cruelties’
    • ‘You can't let that psychological battle have the victim all of a sudden take on the guilt for the atrocious acts of the perpetrator.’
    • ‘Upon returning to the United States, after having seen atrocious abuses first hand, he says that he could not stay silent.’
    • ‘They watched the hideous spectacle, stunned by the monster's atrocious acts.’
    • ‘Let us picture a small, comparatively weak, nation, governed by someone who commits any number of atrocious crimes to stay in power.’
    • ‘Our grandfathers witnessed the most atrocious period ever to have occurred; hopefully nothing like that will ever happen again.’
    • ‘The people who are committing these atrocious acts are few, but they are mainly foreigners.’
    • ‘Who can say they wouldn't do something atrocious if in an extreme situation?’
    • ‘Since no Coalition Forces were allowed into the city, they were able to get away with those atrocious acts without much trouble.’
    • ‘Jones Griffiths and others tried to interest the news agencies in pictures that told the truth about that atrocious war.’
    • ‘In the old orthodox society the Sati system of widows mounting the funeral pyre of their husbands was an atrocious practice.’
    • ‘It was possibly the most atrocious monstrosity every pulled off on American soil.’
    • ‘In practice, this meant all but the most atrocious offenses got mere wrist slaps.’
    • ‘Nor was Stalin's behaviour in Ukraine, however atrocious, on a par with Hitler's total extermination strategy.’
    • ‘I foresee that man will resign himself each day to more atrocious undertakings; soon there will be no one but soldiers and bandits.’
    • ‘If the tour were cancelled, a valuable opportunity to raise public awareness of the atrocious regime would be lost.’
    • ‘That such a policy may have stirred up the enmity which resulted in last week's atrocious acts of violence should not be dismissed out of hand.’
    • ‘Women and children there are subjected to atrocious harassment and torture, particularly in the workplace.’
    • ‘We are exporting atrocious suffering, disease and death in poor countries where controls are not implemented.’
    • ‘Despite the country's atrocious human rights records, the world community has done very little in response.’
    • ‘This helps to explain why murder is such an atrocious crime.’
    • ‘The atrocious acts of terror in New York have shocked the world.’
    • ‘He did an atrocious act and he got what he wanted, lots of publicity for his cause and the right to die a martyr.’
    brutal, barbaric, barbarous, brutish, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, nasty, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, low-down, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible
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    1. 1.1Of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant.
      ‘he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent’
      ‘atrocious weather’
      • ‘All soccer fixtures were cancelled at the weekend due to the atrocious weather conditions.’
      • ‘It's unforgivably bad journalism, laughably poor sub-editing, and atrocious proof-reading.’
      • ‘The supporting cast was atrocious and really brought the overall quality of the movie down with it.’
      • ‘I have written before about how atrocious an assumption this is.’
      • ‘I have come across parents like him who simply shrug their shoulders when you outline their children's atrocious behaviour.’
      • ‘Frankly, I'm disgusted by the atrocious writing I have to read every day as part of my job.’
      • ‘But it was terrible for everyone, and people not in my cohort also told me the first year is always atrocious.’
      • ‘Also, I have witnessed the most atrocious driving by some Bradford taxi drivers, placing other road users in jeopardy.’
      • ‘The policy is atrocious and an insult to soldiers and their families.’
      • ‘I don't think I've been getting enough exercise and my posture is atrocious.’
      • ‘No more seedy bars, inept passes or atrocious chat-up lines.’
      • ‘The writing was atrocious, scribbled in black ink, and Karen had to focus on each word to decipher it.’
      • ‘His timing is atrocious.’
      • ‘The weather conditions were atrocious, so thankfully the sale was indoors.’
      • ‘But we poor deluded souls keep colouring our hair in the wildest and most atrocious colours possible.’
      • ‘We paid £3,000 for an all-inclusive holiday and the food was atrocious.’
      • ‘I did notice that the spelling in most of the unwanted e-mails I happen to read is generally atrocious.’
      • ‘Of course, the dialogue is still atrocious, and the actors' delivery of it is poor.’
      • ‘The generally poor and occasionally atrocious quality of the writing doesn't help.’
      • ‘The weather was atrocious, with heavy snow and high winds.’
      appalling, dreadful, terrible, very bad, unpleasant, lamentable, woeful, miserable, poor, inadequate, unsatisfactory
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Mid 17th century: from Latin atrox, atroc- cruel + -ious.