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[il-fey-verd] /ˈɪlˈfeɪ vərd/
unpleasant in appearance; homely or ugly.
offensive; unpleasant; objectionable.
Also, especially British, ill-favoured.
Origin of ill-favored
First recorded in 1520-30
Related forms
ill-favoredly, adverb
ill-favoredness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He beckoned to a dark-skinned, ill-favored waiter and gave an order in low-pitched fluent Greek.

  • And then, what would it matter to her that she was ill-favored?

  • Surely, I am not so ill-favored, and though twice her age, I am still a young man.

    Adrift in New York Horatio Alger
  • In the latter but one man was to be seen, and an ill-favored man he was.

    An Annapolis First Classman Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
  • "I do," replied the most ill-favored of the crew, stepping forward.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • Whom does the Lady Theodora honor by sending so ill-favored a messenger?

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • Cacosotte was a most ill-favored knave, of a purplish yellow complexion and mumbling speech.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • The officers were not ill-favored, only servile and full of fear of him.

  • I am old and ill-favored; and I know that, any way, you will forever hate me.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • I am an ill-favored Spanish grandee, for whom she feels an aversion to which she will not confess.

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac

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