In these lights, the Iraq war was indeed one of the ugliest undertakings in all of US history.
Carter remembers that Oprah directed her to find the “ugliest” tracksuit she could find.
Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.
Harris said the language conjured up “the ugliest anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
The fact that Ahmadinejad proved to be a liar made people so furious as lying is the ugliest moral vice in the Iranian culture.
The ugliest man is to blame for it all: he hath reawakened him.
And the spirit of Spite, the ugliest, most hateful of them all, was banished with the rest.
Monte Carlo, or Monty, as he was usually called, had the further distinction of being the ugliest man in the entire north-west.
In short, she was the poorest and ugliest old woman that ever came begging.
Our towns are perhaps the ugliest in the world, but how open to the sun and wind they are!
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.