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used in 1776

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exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
  • A more impudent, false, and atrocious proclamation was never fabricated by the hands of man.
    p. 141.9
  • As it was, for the most "atrocious offenses," the maximum was thirty-nine lashes, and these, he had found, were seldom layed on as they should be, but more as "sport."
    p. 227.2

There are no more uses of "atrocious" in 1776.

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