Definition of atrocity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈtrɒsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɑːsəti//
[countable, usually plural, uncountable] (pl. atrocities) Conflict
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a cruel and violent act, especially in a war See related entries: Conflict Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘cruelty’): from French atrocité or Latin atrocitas, from atrox, atroc- ‘cruel’.Extra examples In the war, both sides committed atrocities. atrocities against the civilian population one of the worst atrocities of the war reports of atrocities by gunmen They have accepted responsibilty for the atrocities committed during the war.
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