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atrocity (noun) a terrible, cruel, and violent act.
A very cruel and violent deed, especially during war is an atrocity. Violence and brutality resulting in severe injury, wounds, or death is an atrocity. Behaving cruelly to the innocent, the defenseless, and the helpless is atrocity. Killing, injuring, robbing, raping, etc., are atrocities.
- When the media showed the atrocities like abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by the invading US and UK soldiers, the entire world was shocked that advanced nations can commit such horrors.
- The worst atrocities in human history were perpetrated by Hitler against the Jews; even children and the aged were shot dead mercilessly in the concentration camps.