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Definitionexceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
- She was alarmed by his atrocious behavior.
atrocious = exceptionally bad or cruel
- Murder is an atrocious crime.
- He has atrocious taste.
- It is an atrocious disease.
- 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
- "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
- And these days he acted so atrociously he really might do it.Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
- This atrocious thing was not his fault; he never hurt me, or any one else; he was the soul of honor.Henry James -- The American
- 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
- 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
- "The selection here is atrocious," he complained.Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
- He shut one of his beastly glassy eyes (the eyelid went on quivering) while he leered at me atrociously with the other.Joseph Conrad -- Lord Jim
- "It's going to be atrociously hot again all day," said Gania, with an air of annoyance, taking his hat.Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Idiot
- 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
- His accent was atrocious.Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
- She was a flabbily pretty, weakly flirtatious woman of forty-two or three, in an atrocious flowery hat.Sinclair Lewis -- Babbitt
- She returned to her room relieved to know that her nerves were not failing her but that something atrocious was going on in her husband's secret den.Isabel Allende -- The House of Spirits
- One wades through treatise after treatise on English style by pedagogues whose own style is atrocious.Henry L. Mencken -- The American Language
- Had their crimes been less atrocious, Max might have been moved to let them stay.Henry H. Neff -- The Fiend And The Forge
atrocious = exceptionally bad
atrocious = exceptionally ugly