atrocious

[uh-troh-shuhs]
adjective
1.
extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal: an atrocious crime.
2.
shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable: an atrocious painting; atrocious manners.

Origin:
1660–70; atroci(ty) + -ous

atrociously, adverb
atrociousness, noun


1. felonious, heinous, monstrous, diabolical, devilish. 2. execrable; detestable.
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atrocious (əˈtrəʊʃəs)
 
adj
1.  extremely cruel or wicked; ruthless: atrocious deeds
2.  horrifying or shocking: an atrocious road accident
3.  informal very bad; detestable: atrocious writing
 
[C17: from Latin ātrōx dreadful, from āter black]
 
a'trociously
 
adv
 
a'trociousness
 
n

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atrocious
1660s, from L. atrox "fierce, cruel" (see atrocity). Colloquial sense "very bad" is modern.
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Example sentences
So characteristic of a company with considerable potential but widely known for
  atrocious customer service.
She was, however, quite indignant about my description of her atrocious driving.
When we started managing the garden, the soil here was atrocious.
Today it's better known for its atrocious safety record.
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