atrocity

[uh-tros-i-tee]
noun, plural atrocities.
1.
the quality or state of being atrocious.
2.
an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin atrōcitās, equivalent to atrōci- (stem of atrōx) fierce + -tās -ty2

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atrocity (əˈtrɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  behaviour or an action that is wicked or ruthless
2.  the fact or quality of being atrocious
3.  (usually plural) acts of extreme cruelty, esp against prisoners or civilians in wartime

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atrocity
1530s, from L. atrocitatem (nom. atrocitas) "cruelty," noun of quality from atrox "fierce, cruel, frightful," from PIE *atro-ek-, from base *ater- "fire" + *okw- "see," thus "of fiery or threatening appearance." The noun meaning "an atrocious deed" is from 1793.
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Example sentences
There is a huge difference between rewriting or airbrushing history and
  renouncing its atrocities.
Probably, it serves the powers-that-be right after the atrocities they have
  committed.
Many of the refugees suffered horrendous atrocities along the way.
Generally, such people that commit to atrocities have experienced mental
  difficulties.
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