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[uhg-suh m] /ˈʌg səm/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
horrid; loathsome.
Origin of ugsome
1350-1400; Middle English, equivalent to ugg(en) to fear, cause loathing (< Old Norse ugga to fear, dread; cf. ugly) + -some -some1
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ugsomeness, noun Unabridged
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  • At all events, the statute literally recites the “ugsome oaths” that are used by the old versifier.

  • I found my Vivien full sick, and a weariful and ugsome time had I with her ere she recovered of her malady.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt

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