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  1. horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly: a hideous monster.
  2. shocking or revolting to the moral sense: a hideous crime.
  3. distressing; appalling: the hideous expense of moving one's home to another city.
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Origin of hideous

1275–1325; Middle English hidous < Old French hisdos, equivalent to hisde horror, fright (perhaps < Old High German *egisida, akin to egisôn, agison to frighten) + -os -ous; suffix later assimilated to -eous
Related formshid·e·ous·ly, adverbhid·e·ous·ness, hid·e·os·i·ty [hid-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌhɪd iˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounun·hid·e·ous, adjectiveun·hid·e·ous·ly, adverbun·hid·e·ous·ness, noun

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Related Words for hideous

macabre, ghastly, horrendous, abominable, dreadful, horrid, monstrous, disgusting, revolting, terrifying, odious, repulsive, hateful, awful, gruesome, nasty, shocking, grim, terrible, appalling

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Historical Examples of hideous

  • 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

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Alberich was the most hideous of all the black, ugly little Nibelungs.

  • There was a hideous fascination in this spectacle stretched before us.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The thing thrust so unexpectedly before her eyes was hideous in the extreme.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for hideous


  1. extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
  2. terrifying and horrific
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Derived Formshideously, adverbhideousness or hideosity (ˌhɪdɪˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for hideous

C13: from Old French hisdos, from hisde fear; of uncertain origin
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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.

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