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- enPR: ə-trō′-shəs
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈtɹəʊʃəs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈtɹoʊʃəs/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊʃəs
- Hyphenation: a‧tro‧cious
- Frightful, evil, cruel, or monstrous.
- Prisons have been the sites of atrocious mistreatment of prisoners.
- Offensive or heinous.
- 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter III, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. […], volume III, London: […] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744, page 55:
- I had resolved in my own mind, that to create another like the fiend I had first made would be an act of the basest and most atrocious selfishness; and I banished from my mind every thought that could lead to a different conclusion.
- Very bad; abominable, disgusting.
- Their taste in clothes is just atrocious.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “The Town-Ho’s Story. (As Told at the Golden Inn.)”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 280:
- Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm's way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698, page 58:
- The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on a certain 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.
frightful, evil, cruel, monstrous
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