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atrocity

noun [C or U] uk   /əˈtrɒs.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ˈtrɑː.sɪ.t̬i/
an extremely cruel, violent, or shocking act, or the fact of something being extremely cruel, violent, or shocking: They're on trial for committing atrocities against the civilian population. These people are guilty of acts of great atrocity (= cruelty).Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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