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Definition actions that are exceptionally bad or cruel
  • atrocities committed in the name of high ideals
  • There seems, however, only one plausible way of accounting for them—and yet it is dreadful to believe in such atrocity as my suggestion would imply.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • I used to fantasize about revenge against the Japanese for the atrocities they committed against the Chinese in World War II.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • It was "the lowest yet" who gave her a disgust for sex and against whom she measured all atrocities.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Why would you want to be involved with these...these atrocities?
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Investigators, gathering affidavits on war criminals, sat by as men told of abuses and atrocities that pushed the bounds of believability.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • My mother collapsed as the rest of us stood, stunned by the atrocity.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • She knew about the atrocities her parents were committing and did nothing to stop it.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He said that for three years he has documented atrocities in this neighborhood, hoping that someday the people who committed them will be punished.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tales of atrocities to our seamen filled the press.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Does our education prepare us for such atrocities?
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Apparently he has found some new atrocity.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • 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
  • These depicted Japanese atrocities in China, Italian atrocities in Ethiopia, and slaughters of women and children in the Spanish Civil War.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Such atrocities cannot stand!
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • George Eliot committed atrocities with it that beggar description.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • Africans Tell of Atrocities!
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • I can't call myself a man when I allow my father to encourage such unforgivable atrocities.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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