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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 atro·cious /əˈtroʃəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·tro·cious a.
 1. Extremely heinous; full of enormous wickedness; as, atrocious guilt or deeds.
 2. Characterized by, or expressing, great atrocity.
    Revelations . . . so atrocious that nothing in history approaches them.   --De Quincey.
 3. Very grievous or violent; terrible; as, atrocious distempers. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Atrocious, Flagitious, Flagrant.
 Usage: Flagitious points to an act as grossly wicked and vile; as, a flagitious proposal. Flagrant marks the vivid impression made upon the mind by something strikingly wrong or erroneous; as, a flagrant misrepresentation; a flagrant violation of duty. Atrocious represents the act as springing from a violent and savage spirit. If Lord Chatham, instead of saying “the atrocious crime of being a young man,” had used either of the other two words, his irony would have lost all its point, in his celebrated reply to Sir Robert Walpole, as reported by Dr. Johnson.
  -- A*tro*cious*ly, adv. -- A*tro*cious*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime";
             "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous
             crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to
             commit" [syn: flagitious, grievous, heinous, monstrous]
      2: exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste";
         "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful
         manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting";
         "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" [syn: abominable,
          awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable]
      3: provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a
         frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even
         horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"-
         Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: frightful, horrifying,
          horrible, ugly]