noun, plural atrocities.
the quality or state of being atrocious.
an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.

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

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
No dialogue or action is needed to illustrate the atrocity of the scene.
But the architects thought it was an atrocity; the design was totally
  antithetical to the Modernist cube.
It's sad that my country is letting this atrocity happen.
Images of inhumanity and atrocity are burned into our memories.
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