atrocious

Atrocious is a great word, but there's nothing good about its meaning or its synonyms: horrible, ugly, abominable, dreadful, unspeakable, and monstrous, to name just a few.

The adjective atrocious is descended from the Latin atrox, which means "fierce" and "cruel." We hear this word all the time when something provokes horror (like a massive earthquake), when something is exceptionally bad or displeasing (like the worst movie we've ever seen, and the worse acting), or when we see something shockingly brutal or cruel (like an act of terrorism).

Definitions of atrocious
  1. adjective
    shockingly brutal or cruel
    “murder is an atrocious crime”
    synonyms: flagitious, grievous, monstrous
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
  2. adjective
    provoking horror
    “an atrocious automobile accident”
    synonyms: frightful, horrible, horrifying, ugly
    alarming
    frightening because of an awareness of danger
  3. adjective
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    atrocious taste”
    synonyms: abominable, abysmal, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
    bad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
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