WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•tro•cious /əˈtroʊʃəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. terribly wicked, cruel, or brutal:an atrocious crime.
  2. very bad or tasteless;
    appalling: atrocious table manners.
a•tro•cious•ly, adv. 
a•tro•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•tro•cious  (ə trōshəs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal:an atrocious crime.
  2. shockingly bad or tasteless;
    abominable:an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.
a•trocious•ly, adv. 
a•trocious•ness, n. 
  • atroci(ty) + -ous 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . felonious, heinous, monstrous, diabolical, devilish.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . execrable;

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atrocious /əˈtrəʊʃəs/ adj
  1. extremely cruel or wicked; ruthless: atrocious deeds
  2. horrifying or shocking
  3. informal very bad; detestable: atrocious writing
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black

aˈtrociousness n

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