Definition of atrocious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtrəʊʃəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtroʊʃəs//
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  1. 1very bad or unpleasant synonym terrible She speaks French with an atrocious accent. Isn't the weather atrocious?
  2. 2very cruel and shocking atrocious acts of brutality
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin atrox, atroc- ‘cruel’ + -ious.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: atrocious