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Meaning of ATROCITY

Pronunciation:  u'tr√Ęsitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act of atrocious cruelty
  2. [n]  the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

ATROCITY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness, inhumanity
 See Also: barbarism, barbarity, brutality, cruelty, enormity, inhuman treatment, inhumaneness, inhumanity, outrage, savagery



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*troc"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Atrocities}. [F. atrocit['e],
L. atrocitas, fr. atrox, atrocis, cruel.]
1. Enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness or cruelty.

2. An atrocious or extremely cruel deed.

         The atrocities which attend a victory. --Macaulay.

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