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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 of hideous
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 from the Web for hideous
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  • Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what hideous beings these three sisters were.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Alberich was the most hideous of all the black, ugly little Nibelungs.

  • There was a hideous fascination in this spectacle stretched before us.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The thing thrust so unexpectedly before her eyes was hideous in the extreme.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
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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