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    Default How does atrocious and ferocious differ in meaning?

    in addition, in what context is the word better than the other?

    For example.

    The weather brings ferocious/atrocious wind.

    Vampires are ferocious/atrocious beast.

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    Default Re: How does atrocious and ferocious differ in meaning?

    Atrocious means extremely wicked, very bad. It generally refers to an action or a situation - hence "atrocity".
    Ferocious means fierce, savage, cruel. It generally refers to an individual or individuals, or animal(s).
    So I would go with ferocious for vampires. But for weather/wind it's not so simple. Perhaps: "The weather is atrocious because of the ferocious wind" [although one wouldn't actually string 2 "ocious's together in the same sentence).

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