(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. enormity; outrage. See malevolence, badness.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Brutality]
Syn. inhumanity, wickedness, barbarity; see cruelty .
2. [A cruel deed]
Syn. crime, offense, outrage, atrocious deed, horror, iniquity, enormity, abomination, slaughter, wrong; see also crime 1 , 2 , murder .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
[uh TRAW suh tee]
a cruelty, brutality or outrageous thing or act.
The drive-by shooting is an atrocity that originated during prohibition.
SYN.: cruelty, brutality, outrage, monstrosity, unspeakable act, horror, savagery, barbarity, crime, abomination.
ANT.: kindness, good deed
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality of passing all moral bounds: atrociousness, enormity, heinousness, monstrousness. See GOOD. 2. The quality or state of being flagrant: atrociousness, egregiousness, enormity, flagrance, flagrancy, flagrantness, glaringness, grossness, outrageousness, rankness. See GOOD. 3. A monstrous offense or evil: enormity, monstrosity, outrage. See RIGHT.

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