Origin of hideous
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|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jay Michaelson|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These “Book of Eli” deserts are where the imagined, however bizarre or hideous, can turn undeniably real.
With this hideous bushy outcrop, the beard has reached its end game.
The star is not entirely to blame for his hideous, hirsute transgression.
Ethelberta might have fallen dead with the shock, so terrible and hideous was it.The Hand of Ethelberta|Thomas Hardy
Anna Petrovna was showing Sister K—— a large and hideous photograph of her children.The Dark Forest|Hugh Walpole
With bloodshot eyes, and gaping mouth, and flaming nostrils, the hideous creature came rushing onwards.The Story of Siegfried|James Baldwin
To say that a verse of Macaulay's was painful, or a line of Francis Newman's hideous, was well within his province.Matthew Arnold|G. W. E. Russell
No conventional and hideous hat or bonnet disfigures the neat outline of their heads.A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes|Harriet Julia Jephson
British Dictionary definitions for hideous
Word Origin for hideous
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.