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 Dictionary entry overview: What does atrocious mean? 

ATROCIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective ATROCIOUS has 3 senses:

1. shockingly brutal or cruel
2. exceptionally bad or displeasing
3. provoking horror

  Familiarity information: ATROCIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ATROCIOUS (adjective)

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Shockingly brutal or cruel


atrocious; flagitious; heinous; monstrous; grievous

Context examples:

murder is an atrocious crime / a grievous offense against morality / a grievous crime / no excess was too monstrous for them to commit


evil (morally bad or wrong)

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Exceptionally bad or displeasing


awful; unspeakable; terrible; dreadful; atrocious; abominable; painful

Context examples:

atrocious taste / abominable workmanship / an awful voice / dreadful manners / a painful performance / terrible handwriting / an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room


bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)

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Provoking horror


frightful; horrible; horrifying; atrocious; ugly

Context examples:

an atrocious automobile accident / a frightful crime of decapitation / an alarming, even horrifying, picture / war is beyond all words horrible / an ugly wound


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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