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atrocious

[ uh-troh-shuhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF atrocious
  • adj.outrageous; widely condemned
  • adj.offensive

Synonyms for atrocious

  • awful
  • barbaric
  • heinous
  • lousy
  • rotten
  • scandalous
  • shocking
  • bad
  • beastly
  • desperate
  • diabolical
  • fiendish
  • flagrant
  • godawful
  • grody
  • gross
  • hairy
  • monstrous
  • nefarious
  • villainous
  • wicked
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Antonyms for atrocious

  • good
  • magnificent
  • wonderful
  • inoffensive
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATROCIOUS

Here one of the most atrocious massacres of the West took place.

If he were to be seen driving with her there would be an atrocious scandal.

He began to hesitate, having an atrocious dread of risking his tranquillity.

His spirit may be seen in the atrocious conditions which he proposed.

This father may have been the victim of the most atrocious injustice.

The weather is, however, atrocious, and I am half choked with a cold.

It was quite possible with the talk of that atrocious old woman.

I guessed easily that the appeal was addressed to the atrocious Therese.

This course had many inconveniencies, and led to atrocious crimes.

At dinners and receptions I was asked the most atrocious questions by men and women.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, from stem of Latin atrox "fierce, savage, cruel" (see atrocity) + -ous. Colloquial sense "very bad" is late 19c. Related: Atrociously; atrociousness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ATROCIOUS

abominable

adjectiveawful, detestable
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