- horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly: a hideous monster.
- shocking or revolting to the moral sense: a hideous crime.
- distressing; appalling: the hideous expense of moving one's home to another city.
Origin of hideous
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Examples from the Web for hideously
A British editorialist called it, “mesmerizingly precious and hideously self-indulgent.”Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
It also would have been seen as hideously politically incorrect.The Unwarranted Mythology of Oscar Pistorius
February 15, 2013
The lovely stretch of coastline in front of it was hideously strewn with rubbish.A More Civil Society
July 11, 2012
Those are hideously bad ideas that have driven us into the ditch we're in.GOP Goes Isolationist
June 15, 2011
Hideously unpopular, and never personally interested in policy matters, he did his best to stay out of the limelight.Bush Comes Out of Hiding
May 29, 2009
I must have been wrong, hideously wrong, but I didn't want you ever to know that.A Spirit in Prison
His limbs were hideously convulsed, his eyes wide and staring.The Man the Martians Made
Frank Belknap Long
He chuckled softly and hideously to himself at the fatalistic idea.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He is suffering so hideously, and so determinedly, like a fakir.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Not the least agreeable feature about the creature was that it was hideously lifelike.The Lock And Key Library
- extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
- terrifying and horrific
Word Origin and History for hideously
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.