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Definition exceptionally 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
  • atrocious = exceptionally bad
  • 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
  • atrocious = exceptionally ugly
  • "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
  • Had their crimes been less atrocious, Max might have been moved to let them stay.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 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

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