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Extreme WickednessPlay
Use 'atrocity' to describe actions that shock people due to their extreme cruelty. SlideThe history book detailed the atrocities of the dictatorship.
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Beyond ImmoralityPlay
'Atrocity' implies actions that go far beyond regular immoral deeds and cause suffering. SlideSurvivors spoke of the atrocities they witnessed.
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Violent ConnotationPlay
In most contexts, 'atrocity' refers to serious acts of violence against humans. SlideThe regime was notorious for its atrocities.