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atrocity

Noun

1 the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane [syn: atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness]
2 an act of atrocious cruelty [syn: inhumanity]

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English

Etymology

  • From atrox, from ater

Pronunciation

  • AHD: ə-trŏs'ĭ-tē

Noun

  1. an act of brutality; a horrid act of injustice

Related terms

Translations

act of brutality

Extensive Definition

Atrocity can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abomination, abuse, acuteness, affront, animality, aspersion, atrociousness, awfulness, bad, bane, banefulness, barbarity, befoulment, blight, bloodlust, breach, brickbat, brutality, contempt, contumely, corruption, crime, crime against humanity, cruelty, crying evil, cut, damage, deadly sin, defilement, delinquency, dereliction, desecration, despite, despoliation, destruction, destructiveness, detriment, direness, disgrace, disservice, dreadfulness, dump, enormity, error, evil, extremity, failure, fault, felony, ferociousness, fierceness, flagitiousness, flout, flouting, force, furiousness, genocide, gibe, great wrong, grievance, grimness, gross injustice, guilty act, harm, harshness, havoc, heavy sin, heinousness, hideousness, horribleness, horridness, horror, humiliation, hurt, ignominy, ill, ill-treatment, ill-usage, ill-use, impetuosity, imposition, impropriety, inclemency, indignity, indiscretion, inexpiable sin, infamy, infection, inhumanity, iniquity, injury, injustice, insult, intensity, jeer, jeering, knavery, lapse, malefaction, malfeasance, malignity, maltreatment, malum, mercilessness, mindlessness, minor wrong, miscarriage of justice, mischief, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance, mistreatment, mock, mockery, molestation, monstrousness, mortal sin, murderousness, nonfeasance, obliquity, offense, omission, outrage, peccadillo, peccancy, pitilessness, pity, poison, pollution, profanation, put-down, raw deal, reprobacy, rigor, roughness, sacrilege, savagery, scandal, scoff, scurrility, severity, shame, sharpness, sin, sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, taunt, terrible thing, terribleness, terrorism, the worst, tort, toxin, transgression, trespass, trip, uncomplimentary remark, ungentleness, unutterable sin, vandalism, vehemence, venial sin, venom, vexation, viciousness, villainy, violation, violence, virulence, wickedness, woe, wrong
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