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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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  • The horrible, bitter truth had been forced upon her, and she saw it in all its hideousness.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • It was when he least endeavoured to conceal his character that its hideousness least appeared.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • He had become so repulsive, that passing his hand over his face, he felt his own hideousness.

    Thais Anatole France
  • Some of the other pictures are wonderful, too—wonderful in their hideousness.

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
  • The hideousness of it oppressed her like a nightmare; yet her voice did not falter.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I'm sick of this prudery which throws its own hideousness over all it sees.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • What mask could exceed in hideousness the countenance of the Dead Man?

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Then, he says, the 'Demon of Chicane appeared to me in all his hideousness.

  • For the first time, however, he saw his clothing in all its hideousness.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for hideousness

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 hideousness
n.

late 14c., from hideous + -ness.

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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