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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cruel)
a. atrocious
No es posible que alguien sea capaz de cometer un crimen tan atroz.It's hard to believe anyone could be capable of committing such an atrocious crime.
b. terrible
La víctima sufrió una muerte atroz.The victim suffered a terrible death.
2. (enormous)
a. terrible
La herida le causaba un dolor atroz.The injury was causing him terrible pain.
b. awful
Mi marido cayó en una depresión atroz y se dejó llevar por la bebida.My husband sank into an awful depression and took to the bottle.
c. atrocious
Intenté mover la pierna, pero el dolor fue atroz.I tried to move my leg, but the pain was atrocious.
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Sentí un miedo atroz cuando me dijeron que le quedaban pocos meses de vida.I felt terribly afraid when they told me he didn't have many months left to live.
Pasé unos días en la cama con unas náuseas atroces.I spent some days in bed feeling awfully sick.
3. (extremely bad)
a. atrocious
El plato que cocinó Enrique era realmente atroz.The dish Enrique cooked was really atrocious.
b. terrible
Todo nos salió mal ayer. Fue un día auténticamente atroz.Everything went wrong yesterday. It was a really terrible day.
c. awful
La soledad es una sensación atroz.Loneliness is an awful feeling.
d. dreadful
La obra de teatro es verdaderamente atroz. No te la recomiendo.The play is utterly dreadful. I wouldn't recommend it.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. terrible, awful
hace un frío atrozit's terribly o awfully cold
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1 (terrible) atrocious; (cruel) cruel; inhuman; (escandaloso) outrageous
2 (enorme) huge; terrific; (malísimo) dreadful; awful
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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