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- Frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous.
- Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners.
- Offensive or heinous. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- Very bad; abominable or disgusting.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
- The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.
- Their taste in clothes is just atrocious.
- Nouns to which "atrocious" is often applied: crime, act, murder, condition, spelling, grammar.
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