Excessive vs Atrocious - What's the difference?

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Excessive is a related term of atrocious.

As adjectives the difference between excessive and atrocious

is that excessive is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate while atrocious is frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous.




(en adjective)
  • Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
  • "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."


    * See also


    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number




    (en adjective)
  • Frightful, evil, cruel or monstrous.
  • Offensive or heinous. (rfex)
  • Very bad; abominable or disgusting.
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    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "atrocious" is often applied: crime, act, murder, condition, spelling, grammar.