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1. Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous: an atrocious crime.
2. Exceptionally bad; abominable: atrocious decor; atrocious behavior.

[From Latin atrōx, atrōc-, frightful, cruel; see āter- in Indo-European roots.]

a·tro′cious·ly adv.
a·tro′cious·ness n.
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Noun1.atrociousness - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumaneatrociousness - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
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1. The quality of passing all moral bounds:
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
But shortly, and as far as my bewilderment allowed me to grasp its naive atrociousness, it was something like this: that no consideration, no delicacy, no tenderness, no scruples should stand in the way of a woman (who by the mere fact of her sex was the predestined victim of conditions created by men's selfish passions, their vices and their abominable tyranny) from taking the shortest cut towards securing for herself the easiest possible existence.
In the end then, Radovan Karadzic, a war criminal of virtually unsurpassed atrociousness who continues to destabilize a volatile region, is allowed to roam free--not because we can't get him but because we have chosen not to.
The nature of the harm, the degree of control exercised by the abuser, and persistent state inaction confirm that simply because "domestic violence is privately, as opposed to officially, inflicted does not diminish its atrociousness nor the need for international sanction." (193)
(23.) The atrociousness of the dictatorship in the Philippines, which was administered directly, is captured in General Jake Smith's words to the Marines: "I wish you to kill and burn.
Berliner constantly tells reporters there is no correlation between the atrociousness of the attack and the aftereffects.
"Despite the indisputable atrociousness of the crimes and the emotions evoked in the international community, the judges have examined the facts adduced in a most dispassionate manner, bearing in mind that the accused is presumed innocent." (17) With these words, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda handed down the first-ever judgment by an international court for the crime of genocide, declaring Jean-Paul Akayesu guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The numbers killed at Hama are far higher, although this does not decrease the atrociousness of the 1860 carnage.
In other words, if the ICC is successful, it will function not only to prevent atrocities in identified conflict situations, but also to sharpen the popular understanding of the atrociousness of sexual and gender violence and persecution and the relation between torture in intimate relationships and atrocities in the context of war.
She reports a conversation, later that winter, where her continuing support for the pacifist ideas of Alain is criticized by Sartre; by now, therefore, he rejects arguments based on a refusal to shed the blood of others, and recognizes the necessity of war, in view of the particular atrociousness of Nazi Germany; he quickly convinces her.[6]
These reactions of immediate unquestioning support to military response in Libya extend to numerous revolutionary hardliners who are greatly opposed to Al-Sisi's rule, yet found in this atrociousness a chance to unite against a common enemy, temporarily putting aside fundamental differences with the regime.
They have engaged in numerous acts of violence, rivaling those of the Army in scale and atrociousness and may have been responsible for the assassination of a widely-respected, moderate Catholic Archbishop, who was a Tutsi.
By falsifying what had happened at Maspero, Pope Tawadros undermines Christian activists and antagonises the revolutionaries, particularly those who participated in the march or had witnessed its atrociousness. He made it appear as if they did not stand for anything, and died for nothing.