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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
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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Examples from the web for ugliness
  • Chances are, your campus is still the same basically pleasant place it was before all the ugliness.
  • We need to study our past in all its ugliness as well as its beauty.
  • When one of those arrangements ends badly, it can escalate into ugliness.
  • They impoverish human life with all of their noise and their ugliness.
  • Well, we'd still be exposed to all the ugliness of the global oil market.
  • Other arts-particularly visual arts-can be ugly and derive much of their power from their ugliness.
  • And if it is correct that every human has a few new mutations the well of potential ugliness is replenished every generation.
  • Don't blame all of religion and judge all religious people by the nastiness and ugliness of a few prominent ones.
  • ugliness in such professions is a barrier to success.
  • Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
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

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