atrocity

Atrocities, acts of outrageous cruelty, are often committed during wars and armed conflicts.

The word atrocity describes both the act of cruelty as well as the sense of cruelty. If you go to visit a poorly run prison, you might be overwhelmed by the atrocity of the place when you see that no one is treated with respect, and torture is rampant. The word atrocity is also often used in the context of warfare and frequently as a plural. There were numerous atrocities on both sides, as the war raged on and the fighters’ capacity for cruelty seemed to increase.

Definitions of atrocity
  1. noun
    an act of atrocious cruelty
    synonyms: inhumanity
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    types:
    barbarism, barbarity, brutality, savagery
    a brutal barbarous savage act
    outrage
    a wantonly cruel act
    enormity
    an act of extreme wickedness
    type of:
    cruelty, inhuman treatment
    a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
  2. noun
    the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
    synonyms: atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness
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    type of:
    inhumaneness, inhumanity
    the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
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