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ugly

[uhg-lee] /ˈʌg li/
adjective, uglier, ugliest.
1.
very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
2.
disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable:
ugly tricks; ugly discords.
3.
morally revolting:
ugly crime.
4.
threatening trouble or danger:
ugly symptoms.
5.
mean; hostile; quarrelsome:
an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.
6.
(especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous:
ugly weather; an ugly sea.
Origin of ugly
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English ugly, uglike < Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr -ly
Related forms
uglily, adverb
ugliness, noun
superugly, adjective
Synonyms
1. ill-favored, hard-featured, uncomely, unsightly, unlovely, homely. 3. base, heinous, vile, monstrous, corrupt. 4. disadvantageous, ominous. 5. surly, spiteful. 6. stormy, tempestuous.
Antonyms
1. beautiful.
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  • He accepted everything—deformity, ugliness, pain—if it were God's plan for him.

    Brother Francis Eileen Douglas
  • His embarrassment, or ugliness of temper, or whatever it was, was gone.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • What changed the face, so beautiful and terrible in youth, to ugliness that shrank from sight in manhood?

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • They were all sorry for me in my misery, and were touched by my ugliness.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • His idea of ugliness is a curve of any kind—save in the feminine body.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
British Dictionary definitions for ugliness

ugly

/ˈʌɡlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
2.
repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any way: war is ugly
3.
ominous or menacing: an ugly situation
4.
bad-tempered, angry, or sullen: an ugly mood
Derived Forms
uglily, adverb
ugliness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse uggligr dreadful, from ugga fear
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Word Origin and History for ugliness

ugly

adj.

mid-13c., uglike "frightful or horrible in appearance," from Old Norse uggligr "dreadful, fearful," from uggr "fear, apprehension, dread" (perhaps related to agg "strife, hate") + -ligr "-like." Meaning softened to "very unpleasant to look at" late 14c. Extended sense of "morally offensive" is attested from c.1300; that of "ill-tempered" is from 1680s.

Among words for this concept, ugly is unusual in being formed from a root for "fear, dread." More common is a compound meaning "ill-shaped" (e.g. Greek dyseides, Latin deformis, Irish dochrud, Sanskrit ku-rupa). Another Germanic group has a root sense of "hate, sorrow" (see loath). Ugly duckling (1877) is from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, first translated from Danish to English 1846. Ugly American "U.S. citizen who behaves offensively abroad" is first recorded 1958 as a book title.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ugliness

typewriter

noun

A machine gun, esp a submachine gun; tommy gun (1915+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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