Politics gets uglier and uglier as the parties themselves grow narrower and narrower.
Douglas' race-baiting becomes wilder, uglier, and more incoherent.
Look at everything; and the uglier and more unpromising it is, let it be the closer examined.
No cruelty can be uglier in its ferocity than the cruelty of the coward.
The cat-fish, in spite of its ugly name and uglier looks, proved excellent, though somewhat rich—tasting very like an eel.
So he went on his lonely life, uglier and more hated than ever.
Never was an uglier affront offered to the master of a ship.
If my views cannot be refuted by Edwards, I may wait long for an "uglier customer."
Tom Carroll, riding through Durham on business, was treated to ugly looks and uglier words.
If the Valley River was ugly from its bank it was uglier from its middle.
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.