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atrocities committed in the name of high ideals
  actions that are exceptionally bad or cruel
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atrocities atrocity
Strongly Associated with:   atrocious
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  • atrocities committed in the name of high ideals
  • Mae’s friend Tania, never an activist in school, said she had been compelled to action by these atrocities, and she was asking everyone she knew to join in an initiative called We Hear You Ana Marfa.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • When I heard stories of the atrocities in Afghanistan I felt proud to be in Swat.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • She knew about the atrocities her parents were committing and did nothing to stop it.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100

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  • I can’t call myself a man when I allow my father to encourage such unforgivable atrocities.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My mother collapsed as the rest of us stood, stunned by the atrocity.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • That we were committing atrocities.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Some Union soldiers avowed a more abstract motive of revenge for Confederate atrocities elsewhere, even the Fort Pillow massacre.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • What about that gruesome little puppet show which he had witnessed and described to me—that atrocity which he viewed: Nathan hitting her while she lay on the floor?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I had heard the stories that trickled out of postwar Germany, of course, of atrocities much worse than this, but he was right; hearing is not at all the same as seeing.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that, sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat more mysterious or less abhorrent.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Or is it the look on Gale’s face as he takes in the destruction on foot that makes the atrocity feel brand-new?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • More than 100,000 Krahn refugees flooded into Ivory Coast, even as Doe’s Krahn soldiers committed atrocities of their own.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Investigators, gathering affidavits on war criminals, sat by as men told of abuses and atrocities that pushed the bounds of believability.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • And yet here, in these caveman conditions, they planned and then carried out the most shocking atrocity on a twenty-first-century city.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • His atrocity was not forgotten, but over time searches ceased.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Human rights activists and some police agencies say the madrinas commit some of the worst atrocities — rapes and torture — and are allowed by authorities to keep a portion of what they steal.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I’d skimmed through the histories of human atrocities.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Apparently he has found some new atrocity.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • We hear of atrocities on the shortwave, then hear them exaggerated on Mobutu’s official newscasts, and it’s hard to know what’s real.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Newspapers inveighed against Milo with glaring headlines, and Congressmen denounced the atrocity in stentorian wrath and clamored for punishment.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The book contained a catalog of atrocities committed by Redd-torture, the slaughtering of prisoners, mass graves.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The men began to trade tales of atrocities, first stories they had heard, then those they’d witnessed, and finally the things that had happened to themselves.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It was "the lowest yet" who gave her a disgust for sex and against whom she measured all atrocities.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • He thought of Grady, locked in by the soft, implacable snow, going quietly berserk and committing his atrocity.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • As the atrocity presented itself to Mr. Bumble’s mind in full force, he struck the counter sharply with his cane, and became flushed with indignation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The curate, I found, was quite incapable of discussion; this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It was a museum used for propaganda displays of various kinds — scale models of rocket bombs and Floating Fortresses, waxwork tableaux illustrating enemy atrocities, and the like.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "You, Bolkonski, don’t know," said Bilibin turning to Prince Andrew, "that all the atrocities of the French army (I nearly said of the Russian army) are nothing compared to what this man has been doing among the women!"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I find it hard enough to deal with the agonies of everyday life without also having to confront the atrocities of battle.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The honest, pitiless joy of a fanatic in the full flood of his atrocity preserves a certain lugubriously venerable radiance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They fell silent for a while as Blomkvist thought about what atrocities must have taken place there for a quarter of a century.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • They have committed atrocities and must be made into examples, for the rest.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Nearly everybody seemingly, had an atrocity story of something Billy Pilgrim had done to him in his sleep.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Although I didn’t really understand it at the time, like Colin Powell, he was telling me that our blood-soaked and atrocity-littered past was important but that the future didn’t have to be its slave.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • And the Bolshevik Revolution too allowed terrible atrocities to be perpetrated on the ruling class by the animal instincts of subhuman men who were full of hatred.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I know Bathilda thought it was all just talk, but ’For the Greater Good’ became Grindelwald’s slogan, his justification for all the atrocities he committed later.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Arthur began with an atrocity and continued with other atrocities.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But I want to know about these Irish atrocities.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • There are on this island some 800 members of 150 families whose blood ties lie with a nation which yesterday committed an atrocity against all that is decent.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Suppose the Yankees should capture the train on which Wade and Prissy were riding—Scarlett and Melanie turned pale at the thought, for everyone knew that Yankee atrocities on helpless children were even more dreadful than on women.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Does our education prepare us for such atrocities?
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Assuefaction minorates atrocities (as Tully saith of his darling Stoics) and Hamlet his father showeth the prince no blister of combustion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He then asked me, suddenly, if I had observed any thing peculiar at the scene of the atrocity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • my sons brought down, my daughters dragged away, bedchambers ravaged, and small children hurled to earth in the atrocity of war, as my sons’ wives are taken by Akhaians’ ruinous hands.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Three years of wartime propaganda—racist headlines, atrocity movies, hate slogans, and fright-mask posters—had turned the Japanese face into something despicable and grotesque.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • The Marines headed for Guadalcanal had heard of the atrocities committed by the Japanese army over the years.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Even supposing they were not our brothers nor fellow-Christians, but simply children, women, old people, feeling is aroused and Russians go eagerly to help in stopping these atrocities.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Maybe not," said the Prime Minister, standing up and striding about the room, "but I would have put all my efforts into catching the blackmailer before he committed any such atrocity!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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