Atrocity \A*troc”i*ty\, n.; pl. Atrocities. [F. atrocit[‘e],
L. atrocitas, fr. atrox, atrocis, cruel.] 1. Enormous wickedness; extreme heinousness
n : the state of being polluted [syn: defilement, pollution]
In popular usage, “atrocity” normally refers to an act of great cruelty. A war crime, or a massacre. An act of vengeance, or a wave of persecution.
While such acts are all too common across the horizons of history, great violence doesn’t only exist there. In the lower vistas of human life, amid the interference of mundane trivialities, a deeper well of the intolerable exists. Without it, indeed, could mass killing be imaginable?
“Atrocity” as it is understood here is about the seething violence always present below the surface of the mundane — or what Kafka called ‘the tedium’ — in the societies in which we find ourselves.
The Atrocity is everywhere. It links to everything. It is the pretences upon which the grand masquerade is constructed.