Origin of hideous
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.
And to think that this is but one of thousands of cases for ever haunted by their own hideousness, for ever dependent on others.Eighteen Months in the War Zone|Kate John Finzi
It was when he least endeavoured to conceal his character that its hideousness least appeared.The Young Duke|Benjamin Disraeli
Vice has thrown off its masks and flaunts its hideousness, its diseases and its crimes in our faces.The Vice Bondage of a Great City or the Wickedest City in the World|Robert O. Harland
“Yes—I—” She faltered, staring fascinated at the distorted face, marred by a85 sabre to the hideousness of doom itself.Special Messenger|Robert W. Chambers
The hideousness of war was never better illustrated than in Sherman's march to the sea.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume II (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for hideousness
Word Origin for hideous
Word Origin and History for hideousness (1 of 2)
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.