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The English nation have never forgiven Mary for these atrocities.

What a manly bold letter that was of his about the Negro atrocities.

It is often difficult to find any motive for their atrocities.

Ireland and Scotland, likewise, have each been made the theatre of her atrocities.

We are weary of recounting these atrocities, as others must be of reading them.

The duc de Duras read them, and said, "Conceal these atrocities from the king."

The atrocities of which they are guilty are a hundred times worse than I could have believed.

Other atrocities, if possible still more abominable, we leave in silence.

Its vagaries must be experienced and studied by any investigator of the atrocities of war.

Nor is she to blame for the wrongs and atrocities committed in her name.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, from Middle French atrocité or directly from Latin atrocitatem (nominative atrocitas) "cruelty, fierceness, harshness," noun of quality from atrox "fierce, cruel, frightful," from PIE *atro-ek-, from root *ater- "fire" (see atrium) + *okw- "see" (see eye (n.)); thus "of fiery or threatening appearance." The meaning "an atrocious deed" is from 1793.

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