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atrocity

a·troc·i·ty

atrocity

pronunciation:
tra sih ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: atrocities
definition 1: an exceptionally evil, ruthless, or cruel act.
Mass murders, rapes, and other atrocities were carried out to instill terror and gain control of the region.
similar words:
abomination, brutality, outrage
definition 2: the condition or quality of being exceptionally evil, ruthless, or cruel.
Witnesses testified as to the atrocity of the tyrant's regime.
similar words:
brutality, enormity