atrocious

  • 1 Atrocious — A*tro cious, a. [L. atrox, atrocis, cruel, fierce: cf. F. atroce.] 1. Extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness; as, atrocious guilt or deeds. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity. [1913 Webster] Revelations …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 atrocious — atro·cious /ə trō shəs/ adj: characterized by extreme cruelty or viciousness atrocious assault and battery Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. atrocious …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 atrocious — [adj1] outrageous; widely condemned awful, bad, barbaric, beastly, desperate, diabolical, fiendish, flagrant, godawful*, grody*, gross*, hairy*, heinous, lousy, monstrous, nefarious, rotten, scandalous, shocking, villainous, wicked; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 atrocious — [ə trō′shəs] adj. [< L atrox, (gen. atrocis), fierce, cruel < ater, black + ox < ? base of oculus, EYE] 1. very cruel, evil, brutal, etc. 2. appalling or dismaying 3. very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc. [an atrocious joke]… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 atrocious — 1660s, from stem of L. atrox fierce, savage, cruel (see ATROCITY (Cf. atrocity)) + OUS (Cf. ous). Colloquial sense very bad is late 19c. Related: Atrociously; atrociousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 atrocious — heinous, monstrous, *outrageous Analogous words: *flagrant, gross, rank, glaring: nefarious, flagitious, infamous, iniquitous, *vicious: barbaric, savage, barbarous, *barbarian Antonyms: humane: noble (see MORAL) Contrasted words: righteous …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 atrocious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) horrifyingly wicked. 2) informal extremely bad or unpleasant. DERIVATIVES atrociously adverb. ORIGIN from Latin atrox cruel …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 atrocious — [[t]ətro͟ʊʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (emphasis) If you describe something as atrocious, you are emphasizing that its quality is very bad. I remain to this day fluent in Hebrew, while my Arabic is atrocious... The food here is atrocious. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 atrocious — adjective Etymology: Latin atroc , atrox gloomy, atrocious, from atr , ater black + oc , ox (akin to Greek ōps eye) more at eye Date: 1658 1. extremely wicked, brutal, or cruel ; barbaric 2. appalling, horrifying < the atrocious weapons of modern …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 atrocious — atrociously, adv. atrociousness, n. /euh troh sheuhs/, adj. 1. extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime. 2. shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners. [1660 70;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 atrocious — adjective extremely bad or showing no ability to do something at all: atrocious weather | Her singing was atrocious. | atrocious housing conditions atrociously adverb atrociousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 atrocious — adj. 1 very bad or unpleasant (atrocious weather; their manners were atrocious). 2 extremely savage or wicked (atrocious cruelty). Derivatives: atrociously adv. atrociousness n. Etymology: L atrox ocis cruel …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 atrocious — adjective a) frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners. b) offensive or heinous Their taste in clothes is just atrocious. See Also …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 atrocious — a|tro|cious [əˈtrəuʃəs US əˈtrou ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: atrox sad, cruel , from ater black + ox looking, appearing ] extremely bad = ↑awful ▪ atrocious weather ▪ Her singing was atrocious. >atrociously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 atrocious — adjective 1) atrocious cruelties Syn: brutal, barbaric, barbarous, savage, vicious, beastly; wicked, cruel, nasty, heinous, monstrous, vile, inhuman, black hearted, fiendish, ghastly, horrible; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 atrocious — adjective 1) atrocious cruelties Syn: wicked, cruel, brutal, barbaric, vicious, monstrous, vile, inhuman, fiendish 2) the weather was atrocious Syn: appalling, dreadful …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 17 atrocious — a•tro•cious [[t]əˈtroʊ ʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) extremely wicked or brutal: an atrocious crime[/ex] 2) shockingly bad: atrocious manners[/ex] • Etymology: 1660–70; < Latrōx, s. atrōci frightful, fierce a•tro′cious•ly, adv. a•tro′cious•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 atrocious — adj. Atrocious is used with these nouns: ↑record, ↑weather …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 atrocious — Synonyms and related words: Draconian, Tartarean, aberrant, abject, abnormal, abominable, abusive, acute, afflictive, agonizing, animal, anthropophagous, appalling, arrant, atrocious, awful, backhand, backhanded, bad, baneful, barbaric, barbarous …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 atrocious — [17] Traced back to its ultimate source, atrocious meant something not too dissimilar to ‘having a black eye’. Latin āter was ‘black, dark’ (it occurs also in English atrabilious ‘melancholic’ [17] – Greek mélās meant ‘black’), and the stem * oc …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins