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She was alarmed by his atrocious behavior.
  exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
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atrocious atrociously atrociousness
Strongly Associated with:   atrocities
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  • She was alarmed by his atrocious behavior.
  • Murder is an atrocious crime.
  • He has atrocious taste.
  • It is an atrocious disease.

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  • Your eyes look atrocious, Frankie.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • They painted their parents’ houses atrocious colors; they whitewashed Maycomb’s stores and put up neon signs; they built red brick houses of their own in what were formerly corn patches and pine thickets; they ruined the old town’s looks.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "The selection here is atrocious," he complained.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • His accent was atrocious.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • She woke up to Lupe’s whimpering and an atrocious smell.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising

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  • At morning and evening worship, people drifted in and out, table manners were atrocious, one man took a walk into Haarlem every morning at 3:00 A.M. I could not bring myself to sound a whistle or to scold, or to consider gates or curfews.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • As I hacked away, oddly embarrassed at the croupy noise I was making, I began to suffer further slow surprise—and not a little distress—over the fact that the atrocious Nathan had materialized like some wicked genie at Sophie’s side, and seemed once more to be in possession and command.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When the Baudelaire orphans had been under Olaf’s care, he had often acted this way, always happy to show off his skills, whether he was onstage with his atrocious theater company or up in his tower room making nasty plans.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • I think this is an atrocious fireplace.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Her cooking was atrocious.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There is a vestige of decency, a sense of shame, that does much to curb and check those outbreaks of atrocious cruelty so commonly enacted upon the plantation.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The commutation of his death sentence had been due to some doubts as to his complete sanity, so atrocious was his conduct.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He had good cause to do so; the pain I gave him must have been atrocious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • One of the culprits will be mazzolato; [*] he is an atrocious villain, who murdered the priest who brought him up, and deserves not the smallest pity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My manners were atrocious.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Here he was, for instance, vowing upon his knees that he would save Ona from harm, and only a week later she was suffering atrociously, and from the blow of an enemy that he could not possibly have thwarted.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Hindley is a detestable substitute — his conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious — H. and I are going to rebel — we took our initiatory step this evening.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • His problem was a squadron of aviation cadets with low morale who marched atrociously in the parade competition that took place every Sunday afternoon.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And as for riding down that black, atrocious miscreant, I regard it as an act of virtue, sir, like stamping on a cockroach.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • And these days he acted so atrociously he really might do it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I had resolved in my own mind that to create another like the fiend I had first made would be an act of the basest and most atrocious selfishness, and I banished from my mind every thought that could lead to a different conclusion.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Her hands and breasts were atrociously burned, and she had been burned repeatedly at various spots all over her body.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And how could such an atrocious thing come into my head?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I was to discover the atrocious folly of this proceeding, but it came to my mind as an ingenious move for covering our retreat.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The spectating elves gasped at Vanir’s words and muttered among themselves with open disapproval for his atrocious breach of etiquette.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It lay heavier on my breast than if I had been a most atrocious criminal, I dare say.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I can still see her as a brightly-dressed little thing constantly dashing hither and thither at a staggering run, clasping an atrociously cross-eyed doll which she loved with uncritical passion.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He raised his head with an expression of sovereign authority, an expression all the more alarming in proportion as the authority rests on a low level, ferocious in the wild beast, atrocious in the man of no estate.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Tell them it is sinful to sell their own children, and atrocious to violate their own daughters.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • In our station-houses, men and women are every night confined on the most trivial charges—the word is worth noting—in dungeons, compared with which, those in Newgate, occupied by the most atrocious felons, tried, found guilty, and under sentence of death, are palaces.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Nevertheless, Wells’ passage across the courtroom toward the witness stand was oddly stealthy-as though he expected to encounter an assassin along the way-and, as he walked past Hickock, Hickock’s lips writhed as he whispered a few atrocious words.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm’s way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The situation became divorced from common sense, so that atrocity stories were accepted by the atrocious people.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She says my French is atrocious but my English is even worse.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • "Old woman!" said this man, who had an atrocious face, "we are in search of a witch to hang her; we were told that you had her."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But here’s atrocious pain low in my chest about my heart, when I imagine Hektor among the Trojans telling them one day: ’Diomedes made for the ships with me behind him!’
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But his behavior is atrocious.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • "Such an angel as YOU I am sure would," Mr. Dobbin said, with atrocious astuteness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "But he was nothing more than a fugitive from Cayenne, condemned to life imprisonment for an atrocious crime," said Dr. Urbino.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I’ve heard exactly what happened yesterday—and the atrocious behavior of that—creature.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I resented bitterly the absurd danger of our situation, as if to be at the mercy of that atrocious phantom had been a dishonoring necessity.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Keeping now steadily in mind the points to which I have drawn your attention—that peculiar voice, that unusual agility, and that startling absence of motive in a murder so singularly atrocious as this—let us glance at the butchery itself.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • She was surprised sometimes at the atrocious conjectures that came into her thoughts, and she had to go on smiling, to hear repeated to her at all hours that she was happy, to pretend to be happy, to let it be believed.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • In the midst of them, the hangman, ever busy and ever worse than useless, was in constant requisition; now, stringing up long rows of miscellaneous criminals; now, hanging a housebreaker on Saturday who had been taken on Tuesday; now, burning people in the hand at Newgate by the dozen, and now burning pamphlets at the door of Westminster Hall; to-day, taking the life of an atrocious murderer, and to-morrow of a wretched pilferer who had robbed a farmer’s boy of sixpence.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Even Colonel Gerineldo Marquez, who escaped three attempts on his life, survived five wounds, and emerged unscathed from innumerable battles, succumbed to that atrocious siege of waiting and sank into the miserable defeat of old age, thinking of Amaranta among the diamond-shaped patches of light in a borrowed house.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
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