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29 November 2021
Word of the week: atrocious (adj.)
(a) extremely unpleasant or bad ( = awful / terrible)
(b) (of behaviour or an act) shockingly cruel or wicked
1) I would rather stay at home in this atrocious weather! [Meaning (a)]
2) It is unbelievable to find such atrocious paintings at the art gallery. (a)
3) We felt nauseous after an atrocious meal at the restaurant. (a)
4) He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an atrocious crime. (b)
5) Unfortunately, Nicholas met with an atrocious accident and died on the spot. (b)
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