atrocity


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a·troc·i·ty

 (ə-trŏs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. a·troc·i·ties
1. Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness.
2. An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.

atrocity

(əˈtrɒsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. behaviour or an action that is wicked or ruthless
2. the fact or quality of being atrocious
3. (usually plural) acts of extreme cruelty, esp against prisoners or civilians in wartime

a•troc•i•ty

(əˈtrɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being atrocious.
2. an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.
[1525–35; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.atrocity - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumaneatrocity - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
2.atrocity - an act of atrocious crueltyatrocity - an act of atrocious cruelty    
cruelty, inhuman treatment - a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
barbarism, barbarity, brutality, savagery - a brutal barbarous savage act
outrage - a wantonly cruel act
enormity - an act of extreme wickedness

atrocity

atrocity

noun
1. The quality of passing all moral bounds:
3. A monstrous offense or evil:
Translations
عَمَل وَحْشي، جَريمَه فَظيعَه
зверство
atrocitat
zvěrstvokrutost
grusomhed
פשע נגד האנושות
atrocitás
grimmdarverk, ódæîi
atrocitas
atrocitate
ukrutnosťzverstvo
canavarlıkvahşet

atrocity

[əˈtrɒsɪtɪ] Natrocidad f

atrocity

[əˈtrɒsɪti] natrocité f

atrocity

nGrausamkeit f; (act also) → Gräueltat f

atrocity

[əˈtrɒsɪtɪ] natrocità f inv

atrocious

(əˈtrəuʃəs) adjective
1. very bad. Your handwriting is atrocious.
2. extremely cruel. an atrocious crime.
aˈtrociousness noun
atrocity (əˈtrosəti) noun
an extremely cruel and wicked act. The invading army committed many atrocities.
References in classic literature ?
The Baltimore Amer- ican, of March 17, 1845, relates a similar case of atrocity, perpetrated with similar impunity--as fol- lows:--"~Shooting a slave.
For this atrocity the Abbot menaced him with excommunication, and made out a dreadful list of complaints in the bowels and stomach, suffered by himself and his monks, in consequence of the tyrannical and unjust imprisonment they had sustained.
Once ashore he kept out of sight of the two-story atrocity that bore the legend "Hotel" to lure unsuspecting wayfarers to its multitudinous discomforts.
The curate, I found, was quite incapable of dis- cussion; this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.
There seems, however, only one plausible way of accounting for them - and yet it is dreadful to believe in such atrocity as my suggestion would imply.
He then asked me, suddenly, if I had observed any thing peculiar at the scene of the atrocity.
I suppose he must have been sipping a good deal of wine while we talked and all at once he let out an atrocity which was too much for me.
But the will being unaltered, while the threat to alter remained suspended over the nephew's head, there appears at once the very strongest possible inducement for the atrocity, and so concluded, very sagaciously, the worthy citizens of the borough of Rattle.
Your crime is committed by every fashionable hostess six times a week: and yet you find it sticks to your tongue like a nameless atrocity.
By some mysterious law of nature you invariably guess wrong, and are thereupon regarded by all the relatives and friends as a mixture of fool and knave, the enormity of alluding to a male babe as "she" being only equaled by the atrocity of referring to a female infant as "he".
Yet Rattray's visit left its own mark on my mind; and long after he was gone I lay puzzling over the connection between a young Lancastrian, of good name, of ancient property, of great personal charm, and a crime of unparalleled atrocity committed in cold blood on the high seas.