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hideous

[hid-ee-uh s] /ˈhɪd i əs/
adjective
1.
horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly:
a hideous monster.
2.
shocking or revolting to the moral sense:
a hideous crime.
3.
distressing; appalling:
the hideous expense of moving one's home to another city.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English hidous < Old French hisdos, equivalent to hisde horror, fright (perhaps < Old High German *egisida, akin to egisôn, agison to frighten) + -os -ous; suffix later assimilated to -eous
Related forms
hideously, adverb
hideousness, hideosity
[hid-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌhɪd iˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unhideous, adjective
unhideously, adverb
unhideousness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. grisly, grim; repellent, detestable, odious, monstrous, dreadful, appalling, ghastly.
Antonyms
1. attractive, pleasing.
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Examples for hideous
  • She is incensed that people get horrible illnesses and die hideous, random deaths.
  • Masks, often grotesque and even hideous, were worn by the healer in order to frighten away the spirit causing the disease or pain.
  • Making matters worse, I had the world's most hideous boss.
  • Some of these rejection letters are worse than others, some truly hideous.
  • The diseases that these vaccines protect our children from are hideous.
  • It's a hideous double standard.
  • The works range from almost beautiful to hideous.
  • Of course, one man's arresting is another's hideous, but this is a matter of how people train their perceptions.
  • The entire hideous business just gets more surreal every day.
  • Bending closely over him, I at length drank in the hideous import of his words.
British Dictionary definitions for hideous

hideous

/ˈhɪdɪəs/
adjective
1.
extremely ugly; repulsive a hideous person
2.
terrifying and horrific
Derived Forms
hideously, adverb
hideousness, hideosity (ˌhɪdɪˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hisdos, from hisde fear; of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hideous
adj.

c.1300, "terrifying, horrible, dreadful," from Anglo-French hidous, Old French hideus, earlier hisdos "hideous, horrible, awful, frightening" (11c.; Modern French hideux), from hisda "horror, fear," perhaps of Germanic origin; or else from Vulgar Latin *hispidosus, from Latin hispidus "shaggy, bristly," "[b]ut this presents numerous difficulties" [OED]. Meaning "repulsive" is late 14c.

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