Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Very grievous or violent; terrible; as, atrocious distempers.
Extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness; as, atrocious quilt or deeds.
Characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity.
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\a*tro"cious\ (&?;), a. [l. atrox, atrocis, cruel, fierce: cf. f. atroce.]
1. extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness; as, atrocious quilt or deeds.
2. characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity. revelations so atrocious that nothing in history approaches them.
3. very grievous or violent; terrible; as, atrocious distempers. [obs.]
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Outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel.
1. shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
(synonym) flagitious, grievous, heinous, monstrous
(similar) evil, wicked
2. exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
(synonym) abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
3. provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"
(synonym) frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly