• WordNet 3.6
    • n atrociousness the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atrociousness The state or quality of being atrocious; atrocity.
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  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “The New York playgoer is a child of nature, and he has an honest and wholesome regard of whatever is atrocious in art.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    “But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.”


In literature:

It's an atrocious and vindictive outrage.
"Captain January" by Laura E. Richards
Carson had been on his ranche but a short time, when news reached him of a most atrocious murder by the Apaches.
"The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward S. Ellis
Other women might have been alarmed by the atrocious wickedness of the conspiracy which the music-master had planned.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
People at an art school either do an atrocious amount of work or do no work at all.
"Tremendous Trifles" by G. K. Chesterton
Prostrate on the seat, she had not opened her eyes, but still and ever slumbered, tortured by atrocious dreams.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Then she turned to the French actor and, in atrocious but very self-possessed French, began to congratulate him on his performance.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
She imagined the most atrocious things.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
This atrocious transaction might have cost me dear, for as a matter of fact I was a prisoner in Gaspar Ruiz' camp when he received the news.
"Gaspar Ruiz" by Joseph Conrad
Fanciful extravagances in dress, and atrocious hair-dressing, cannot disfigure her; and by Jove!
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
And, meantime, Pierre, despite himself, smiled bitterly at the atrocious irony of it all.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

A wretch once doom'd, tho' rich and strong,
His faithful horse to bleed,
But tell his fate, my moral song,
For that atrocious deed!
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Our angel with our devil meets
In the atrocious dark nor do they part
But each forgives and greets,
And their mutual terrors heal
Within our married miracle.
"The Trance" by Stephen Spender

In news:

' Atrocious ' is latest horror film to use 'found footage' conceit as crutch.
Superfake-but-not- atrocious : 'McPhee' Is Poppins Minus Wit, Song and Sweetness.
'Patriots' defense is still atrocious '.
Google is ' atrociously optimized' for SEO, but great for customers.
It was an absolutely atrocious call by the home plate umpire, one of the worst you'll ever see in a baseball game.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Eddie Butler saved the Rockies from what looked to be an atrocious ending to the Montana road-trip.
Turkey's behavior has been atrocious in recent years.
The writing by E L James is atrocious.
Special Ed In Seattle Public Schools "Atrocious," "Heartbreaking," Say Parents.
Special Ed In Seattle Public Schools "Atrocious," " Heartbreaking ," Say Parents.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa mastered atrocious conditions to win the red flag-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix and keep his championship hopes alive on the drenched Sepang International Circuit.
Obama's rather atrocious performance yesterday got me thinking.
In a case of atrocious timing, Knicks superstar Amar'e Stoudemire chose Gay Pride weekend to hurl a homophobic slur at a fan on Twitter.
The wine section was atrocious.
It's a case of animal abuse so atrocious, not just because of the condition of the animal, but because it could have been prevented.