Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) appalling, of very poor quality
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    • the weather/behaviour/attack was atrocious
  • Analysis
     The adjective 'atrocious' is used to describe something horrifying, of bad quality or very unpleasant. It is an adjective used in social and professional contexts. Similar adjectives include 'brutal', 'dreadful' and 'appalling'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I took my family to the park for a picnic today but it turned into a disaster. First, we got drenched by the rain, then hailstones started falling. The weather was absolutely atrocious!
    2. The rebel army massacred hundreds of civilians in an early morning raid. A journalist who witnessed the atrocity first-hand said that the attack was vicious and entirely without justification.
    3. Claire is very creative and has a great imagination, but her handwriting is atrocious so I find it very difficult to read her stories unless she types them out.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The employee behaved atrociously at the staff bonding weekend. Not only did he vandalize a piece of art but he also assaulted a fellow employee. He will no doubt face severe disciplinary action.
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