hideousness

hideous

[hid-ee-uhs]
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; 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

hideously, adverb
hideousness, hideosity [hid-ee-os-i-tee] , noun
unhideous, adjective
unhideously, adverb
unhideousness, noun


1, 2. grisly, grim; repellent, detestable, odious, monstrous, dreadful, appalling, ghastly.


1. attractive, pleasing.
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hideous (ˈhɪdɪəs)
 
adj
1.  extremely ugly; repulsive: a hideous person
2.  terrifying and horrific
 
[C13: from Old French hisdos, from hisde fear; of uncertain origin]
 
'hideously
 
adv
 
'hideousness
 
n
 
hideosity
 
n

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hideous
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. hidous, from O.Fr. hideus, earlier hisdos (11c.), from hisda "horror, fear," perhaps of Gmc. origin.
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