Atrocious - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈtroʊʃəs|  American pronunciation of the word atrocious
Brit.  |əˈtrəʊʃəs|  British pronunciation of the word atrocious

adjective

- shockingly brutal or cruel(syn: flagitious, grievous, monstrous)

murder is an atrocious crime

- exceptionally bad or displeasing(syn: abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable)

atrocious taste

- provoking horror(syn: frightful, horrible, horrifying, ugly)

an atrocious automobile accident

Examples

an atrocious period in the nation's history

...an atrocious crime that shocked even hardened members of the police force...

Her singing was atrocious.

...was mortified by her children's atrocious manners...

Conditions in the prison were atrocious.

Churches and altars were polluted by atrocious murders. (E. Gibbon)

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