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English definition of “atrocious”

atrocious

adjective (CRUEL)    /əˈtrəʊ.ʃəs/ US  /-ˈtroʊ-/
violent and shocking: an atrocious crimeViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly atrociously     /-li/ adverb The children have been behaving absolutely atrociously.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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