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And then I thought how wicked I might have been,—a monster of crime and atrocity.

The enemy, he said, meant by this atrocity to frighten our sailors away from the sea.

Doctor Crosson mopped his brow at the atrocity of his thoughts this morning.

The folly of such a government corrects and tempers its atrocity.

It was not content with atrocity, it must needs add cynicism.

He revealed the atrocity of his mistress; and she was sent to prison.

For the "great" man nothing is wrong, there is no atrocity for which a "great" man can be blamed.

This event occurred about two years after the atrocity in the Rue Morgue.

I assure you that I regarded this species of humor as impertinent to the degree of atrocity.

At the time when this atrocity was perpetrating not an officer interfered.

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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