- 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 hideousness
Marty was cool because he took his hideousness and, with a brilliant wit and oodles of self-knowledge, he flaunted it.Marty Feldman: Dead Cool
November 2, 2009
The horrible, bitter truth had been forced upon her, and she saw it in all its hideousness.The White Lie
William Le Queux
It was when he least endeavoured to conceal his character that its hideousness least appeared.The Young Duke
He had become so repulsive, that passing his hand over his face, he felt his own hideousness.Thais
Some of the other pictures are wonderful, too—wonderful in their hideousness.The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair
Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
The hideousness of it oppressed her like a nightmare; yet her voice did not falter.The New Tenant
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
- terrifying and horrific
Word Origin and History for hideousness
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.