atrocity

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  • enPR: ə-trŏs'ĭ-tē
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atrocity (countable and uncountable, plural atrocities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.
  2. (countable) An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice.
    • 1943, Declaration of the Four Nations on General Security:
      The United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union have received from many quarters evidence of atrocities, massacres and cold-blooded mass executions which are being perpetrated by Hitlerite forces in many of the countries they have overrun and from which they are now being steadily expelled.

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