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UGLY (uglier, ugliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ugly mean? 

UGLY (adjective)
  The adjective UGLY has 4 senses:

1. displeasing to the senses
2. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
3. morally reprehensible
4. provoking horror

  Familiarity information: UGLY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UGLY (adjective)


Sense 1ugly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Displeasing to the senses

Context examples:

an ugly face / ugly furniture

Similar:

unsightly (unpleasant to look at)

unlovely; unpicturesque (without beauty or charm)

scrofulous (having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula)

ill-favored; ill-favoured (usually used of a face)

hideous; repulsive (so extremely ugly as to be terrifying)

grotesque; monstrous; unnatural (distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous)

fugly ((slang) extremely ugly)

evil-looking (having an evil appearance)

disfigured (having the appearance spoiled)

Also:

unattractive (lacking beauty or charm)

awkward (lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance)

displeasing (causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities)

Attribute:

beauty (the qualities that give pleasure to the senses)

Antonym:

beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)


Sense 2ugly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

Synonyms:

surly; ugly

Context examples:

a surly waiter / an ugly frame of mind

Similar:

ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)


Sense 3ugly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Morally reprehensible

Synonyms:

despicable; vile; worthless; unworthy; slimy; ugly; wretched

Context examples:

would do something as despicable as murder / ugly crimes / the vile development of slavery appalled them / a slimy little liar

Similar:

evil (morally bad or wrong)


Sense 4ugly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provoking horror

Synonyms:

frightful; horrible; horrifying; atrocious; ugly

Context examples:

an atrocious automobile accident / a frightful crime of decapitation / an alarming, even horrifying, picture / war is beyond all words horrible / an ugly wound

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


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