atrocious Definition

  • 1horrifyingly wicked or cruel
  • 2of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant

Using atrocious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "atrocious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The conditions in the prison were atrocious.

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    The food was absolutely atrocious.

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    The team's performance was atrocious.

  • Example

    The dictator's atrocities were widely condemned by the international community.

atrocious Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with atrocious

  • a heinous or monstrous crime


    The serial killer committed a series of atrocious crimes over a period of several years.

  • a very strong or unpleasant accent


    Her atrocious accent made it difficult for others to understand her.

  • a very severe or painful headache


    She had an atrocious headache that lasted for hours.

Origins of atrocious

from Latin 'atrox', meaning 'fierce'


Summary: atrocious in Brief

'Atrocious' [uh-troh-shuhs] is an adjective that describes something as horrifyingly wicked or cruel, or of a very poor quality. It can be used to describe anything from a terrible crime to a bad accent or headache. Synonyms include 'appalling' and 'dreadful,' while antonyms include 'excellent' and 'wonderful.'