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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n atrocity an act of atrocious cruelty
    • n atrocity the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atrocity An atrocious or extremely cruel deed. "The atrocities which attend a victory."
    • Atrocity Enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness or cruelty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atrocity The state or quality of being atrocious; enormous wickedness; extreme criminality or cruelty.
    • n atrocity A specific act of extreme heinousness or cruelty; an atrocious deed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Atrocity atrociousness: an atrocious act
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  • Voltaire
    “As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.”
  • George Steiner
    “Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. atrocité, L. atrocitas, fr. atrox, atrocis, cruel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. atrox, atrocis, cruel—ater, black.


In literature:

She is not a criminal or malignant creature, but her light malice is capable of playing flimsily with any atrocity.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This was his first and last public atrocity.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
It is in part out of the habit of betraying hospitality that the atrocities have emerged.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
To put it conservatively, there was considerable excitement in Mosby's Confederacy when the news of this atrocity was received.
"Rebel Raider" by H. Beam Piper
I meant to let Emily advise, but to sweep her aside if she perpetrated atrocities.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
It was perhaps the peculiar atrocity of his end which gave him so great a reputation for sanctity.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
They had hardly finished their Belgian atrocities and were still deporting men and girls from Belgium and France.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
Indeed, he would exaggerate the charm a good deal more than the atrocity.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Wilson against German atrocities, 375.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Music and other atrocities are in full swing; and as I seldom use my brain now, the works are rusty.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
The folly of such a government corrects and tempers its atrocity.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
The rich were stripped of everything, and atrocities of all kinds were committed upon the hapless population.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
On the whole it is a very mild story compared with the atrocities of the Jewish records or the crimes of Catholicism.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
The hostile feelings of the people were roused to fury by the atrocities committed by the Indians employed in Burgoyne's army.
"The War of Independence" by John Fiske
It is a horrid atrocity to bring it down to the present day.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
Such unheard of atrocity could not help kindling within their breasts indignation of the deepest kind.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
I've heard of such atrocities before, but did not know that they were so common.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
A ghastlier atrocity than that murder could hardly be imagined.
"Charles Dickens as a Reader" by Charles Kent
As we spoke of the atrocities which had been committed, the eyes of Dona Dolores flashed fire.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is probably true that many reported atrocities were merely campaign stories.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander

In news:

Pakistani police say they have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban after promoting girls' education and speaking out about Taliban atrocities.
The death factory at Auschwitz was a closely guarded secret of the Third Reich – until two men, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, escaped to tell the world about the Nazi atrocities.
VIENNA—An opera focusing on Nazi atrocities against children will premiere next year at an unusual venue—Austria's parliament.
UN says 'condemnation is insufficient ' for atrocities in Sudan's South Kordofan.
The prevalence of smart phones and other technology has allowed Syria's rebels to undermine state media reports and rally supporters, in Syria and abroad, with evidence of regime atrocities.
"Let's be clear, this wasn't justice, this was murder and an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty," said Gen John R Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan.
Afghan atrocities and jihadist victories.
Should the Japanese atrocities in Nanking be equated with the Nazi Holocaust.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The first trial to showcase the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge three decades ago concluded with the regime's chief torturer still seemingly unable to grasp the magnitude of his actions.
Khmer Rouge Defendant Apologizes for Atrocities.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Khmer Rouge torture house commandant apologized in court on Tuesday for atrocities he had committed but said that he had feared for his own life and that he was a scapegoat for others.
Blood diamonds, as they were once known, helped fuel atrocities in both Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was convicted Thursday by an international war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands, for a series of atrocities, including funding rebels in Sierra Leone.
As much as it pains me to write about, much less acknowledge, the atrocity that is ANYTHING Jersey Shore related, I couldn't let this one slide.
Institutionalizing Atrocity Prevention Won't Make Up for Obama's Lack of Will to Act.

In science:

To prove the result we are after, we will commit the atrocity of choosing a basis in W.
Clifford Algebra of Two-Forms, Conformal Structures and Field Equations