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

adj shockingly brutal or cruel

“murder is an atrocious crime”
flagitious, grievous, monstrous
morally bad or wrong

adj provoking horror

“an atrocious automobile accident”
frightful, horrible, horrifying, ugly
frightening because of an awareness of danger

adj exceptionally bad or displeasing

atrocious taste”
abominable, abysmal, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
having undesirable or negative qualities

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