atrocity atrocity  /ə ˈtrɑ sə ti/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
  2. (n) an act of atrocious cruelty

Usage(s):

  1. If so, the incident ranks as the most serious atrocity yet attributed to American troops in a war that is already well known for its particular savagery.
  2. The 'Real IRA' was also responsible for the Omagh bomb which claimed 29 lives in 1998 the bloodiest atrocity in Northern Ireland's 30-year sectarian conflict.
  3. But the atrocity demanded a greater response than mere shock, and Fadla Amara knew it.

News

  1. CMHR Agreement to Advance Human Rights in Shadow of Guatemalan Genocide Trials

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - June 19, 2013) - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) today signed an important agreement with a Guatemalan network of human rights defenders working to unearth the truth about thousands of "disappeared people" and Indigenous victims of mass atrocity. "We want to help break the long silence about gross human rights violations in Guatemala," CMHR ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Marketwire

  2. Snowden gets 'highest honor' from Cheney

    (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday called Edward Snowden a "traitor." One day later, Snowden–the man who leaked information about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs–said he felt honored. "This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering […]
    on June 17, 2013     Source: CNN Political Ticker

  3. The Real Keystone 'Atrocity:' Environmental Hyperbole

    Regardless of how much oil the Keystone XL pipeline actually moves someday, it has already tapped into an unlimited reservoir of rhetoric from the environmental community. The latest comes from former Vice President Al Gore, who declared that the pipeline is "an atrocity" and called on President Obama to veto it.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Forbes

Quotes

  1. "Compassion and mercy are about upholding the beliefs that we seek to live by, remaining true to our values as a people, no matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated," MacAskill explained - to near universal vilification.
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: Kenny MacAskill Source: GulfNews

  2. "A cascading series of errors contributed to the failure of our police and security forces to prevent this atrocity," Major said. "The level of error, incompetence, and inattention which took place before the flight was sadly mirrored in many...
    on Jun 19, 2010 By: John Major Source: Montreal Gazette

  3. "Nobody would have thought to commit an atrocity like that unless they'd seen it in a movie," Altman said.
    on Nov 21, 2006 By: Robert Altman Source: Forbes

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