The year coming to a close was a hideous one for Obama most of the way through.
To be clear, this account is in no way meant to excuse these hideous attacks—only perhaps to explain them.
But the results coming out of BOSS are beautiful, even if the telescope is hideous.
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.