- horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly: a hideous monster.
- shocking or revolting to the moral sense: a hideous crime.
- distressing; appalling: the hideous expense of moving one's home to another city.
Origin of hideous
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Examples from the Web for hideous
On Christmas Day, sometime after dark, a hideous fire overtook the venue: 100 firefighters, 33 fire trucks, a four-alarm blaze.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
To be clear, this account is in no way meant to excuse these hideous attacks—only perhaps to explain them.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
October 18, 2014
These “Book of Eli” deserts are where the imagined, however bizarre or hideous, can turn undeniably real.ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
With this hideous bushy outcrop, the beard has reached its end game.
The star is not entirely to blame for his hideous, hirsute transgression.
Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what hideous beings these three sisters were.The Gorgon's Head
Alberich was the most hideous of all the black, ugly little Nibelungs.Opera Stories from Wagner
There was a hideous fascination in this spectacle stretched before us.In the Valley
The thing thrust so unexpectedly before her eyes was hideous in the extreme.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
- terrifying and horrific
Word Origin and History for hideous
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.