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ā^trōcĭtas , ātis, f. atrox,
I.the quality of atrox, harshness, horribleness, hideousness, hatefulness (having reference to the form, appearance, while saevitas relates to the mind; hence the latter is used only of persons, the former of persons and things; v. Doed. Syn. I. p. 40; syn.: saevitas, duritia, acerbitas, crudelitas).
II. Of the mind or manners, agitation (like that of the sea, v. ater and atrocitas maris, Col. 8, 17, 10), tumult rage, savageness, barbarity, atrocity, cruelty, roughness: “ego quod in hac causā vehementior sum, non atrocitate animi moveor (quis enim est me mitior?) sed, etc.,Cic. Cat. 4, 6: “hae litterae invidiosam atrocitatem verborum habent, id. ad. Q. Fr. 1, 2, 2, § 6. So, morum,Tac. A. 4, 13: “consilium nefandae atrocitatis,Suet. Calig. 48.—In phil. and jurid. lang. severity, harshness: “atrocitas ista quo modo in veterem Academiam irruperit, nescio,Cic. Ac. 2, 44, 136: “atrocitas formularum,the rigid strictness of judicial formulas, Quint. 7, 1, 37 Spald.—In plur., App. Met. 10, c. 28, p. 252.
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    • Cicero, Against Catiline, 4.6
    • Cicero, For Publius Quinctius, 16.52
    • Suetonius, Caligula, 48
    • Suetonius, Domitianus, 11
    • Tacitus, Annales, 4.13
    • Sallust, Catilinae Coniuratio, 22
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    • Suetonius, Tiberius, 48
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 7, 1.37
    • Columella, Res Rustica, 8.17.10
    • Cicero, De Inventione, 2.17
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