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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 ?
Even supposing they were not our brothers nor fellow- Christians, but simply children, women, old people, feeling is aroused and Russians go eagerly to help in stopping these atrocities. Fancy, if you were going along the street and saw drunken men beating a woman or a child--I imagine you would not stop to inquire whether war had been declared on the men, but would throw yourself on them, and protect the victim."
"I've been staying abroad and reading the papers, and I must own, up to the time of the Bulgarian atrocities, I couldn't make out why it was all the Russians were all of a sudden so fond of their Slavonic brethren, while I didn't feel the slightest affection for them.
"You, Bolkonski, don't know," said Bilibin turning to Prince Andrew, "that all the atrocities of the French army (I nearly said of the Russian army) are nothing compared to what this man has been doing among the women!"
Faint rumors of the atrocities reported to have been committed by the therns upon those who for countless ages have floated down the mighty Iss came to my ears.
Should we hear of any atrocities committed by the Arickaras upon captive white men, let this signal and recent provocation be borne in mind.
To add to the fiendishness of their cruel savagery was the poignant memory of still crueler barbarities practiced upon them and theirs by the white officers of that arch hypocrite, Leopold II of Belgium, because of whose atrocities they had fled the Congo Free State--a pitiful remnant of what once had been a mighty tribe.
He lived joyously in the perpetration of atrocities; and he died penitent, under the direction of his priest.
And that, since he has been engaged upon these Adventures, he has received, from private quarters far beyond the reach of suspicion or distrust, accounts of atrocities, in the perpetration of which upon neglected or repudiated children, these schools have been the main instruments, very far exceeding any that appear in these pages."
Where they visited they wrought the most horrible atrocities, and when they left carried away with them firearms and ammunition, and young girls as prisoners.
The cabin-boy Ransome (from whom I had first heard of these atrocities) came in at times from the round-house, where he berthed and served, now nursing a bruised limb in silent agony, now raving against the cruelty of Mr.
I perfectly well know that you are innocent of the atrocities in the Rue Morgue.
Who can wonder at the deadly hatred of the Typees to all foreigners after such unprovoked atrocities?