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atrocious (adj.)

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

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Definitions of atrocious

atrocious (adj.)
shockingly brutal or cruel;
murder is an atrocious crime
atrocious (adj.)
exceptionally bad or displeasing;
atrocious taste
atrocious (adj.)
provoking horror; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill;
an atrocious automobile accident
Synonyms: frightful / horrifying / horrible / ugly
From wordnet.princeton.edu