atrociousness

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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