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atrocity (n.)

1530s, "enormous wickedness," from 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" + root *okw- "to see;" thus "of fiery or threatening appearance." The meaning "an atrocious deed" is from 1793.

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Definitions of atrocity from WordNet

atrocity (n.)
the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane;
Synonyms: atrociousness / barbarity / barbarousness / heinousness
atrocity (n.)
an act of atrocious cruelty;
Synonyms: inhumanity
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