1200–50; Middle English ugly, uglike<Old Norse uggligr fearful, dreadful, equivalent to ugg(r) fear + -ligr-ly (Source:

Definitions of Ugliness



  1. very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
  2. disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable:
  3. morally revolting:
  4. threatening trouble or danger:
  5. mean; hostile; quarrelsome:
  6. (especially of natural phenomena) unpleasant or dangerous:
  7. of unpleasant or unsightly appearance
  8. repulsive, objectionable, or displeasing in any waywar is ugly
  9. ominous or menacingan ugly situation
  10. bad-tempered, angry, or sullenan ugly mood



  1. The quality of being unpleasant or repulsive in appearance.



  1. : the quality or state of being ugly
  2. : something that is ugly

Example sentences for Ugliness

  1. And considering the ugliness rising in his native land, Forgács must be seen as a political artist, whether he likes it or not.
  2. I can see vulgarity and ugliness anywhere I want to look, and I can see it for free.
  3. If we aspire to that personally and legislate for it publicly, the ugliness will dissipate.
  4. The ideology of bigotry can be found all over Europe, in fact, and its ugliness is spreading like gangrene, especially in France.
  5. All that is almost invariably the stuff of ugliness, violence, and disaster—the stuff of “unbeing.”
  6. That, I take it, is the essence of beauty—not that I am learned in beauty, though I am an expert in ugliness.
  7. I vainly try to get down upon paper the dreariness, the ugliness, shabbiness, un-home-likeness of a Roman street.
  8. But alligators bear the palm for ugliness, size, and strength.
  9. He could only stand at his gateway, and look at the thing as it rose above the ground, fascinated by its ugliness.
  10. Every emotion tends to sculpture the body into beauty or into ugliness.

Related words & Synonyms

ill-favored, hard-featured, uncomely, unsightly, unlovely, homely, base, heinous, vile, monstrous, corrupt, disadvantageous, ominous, surly, spiteful, stormy, tempestuous



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