One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of being unpleasant or repulsive in appearance.‘Helena gives a soliloquy comparing her ugliness to Hermia's beauty’‘the sheer ugliness of this architectural monstrosity’
- ‘There's no denying the ugliness of much of the surrounding neighborhood, with its filthy streets and corroding industrial buildings.’
- ‘The stultifying ugliness of a northern British industrial city is somehow transformed into a kind of wild beauty by the way the ratio opens up the image.’
- ‘She lived alone because of her peculiar ugliness, caused by a fire.’
- ‘One critic applauded this famous man for revealing his ugliness.’
- ‘The ugliness of fashionably thin, beautiful models is clear and sickening.’
- 1.1 Unpleasantness of an immoral or violent nature.‘a film bent on exposing the ugliness of prejudice’‘the futility and ugliness of war’
- ‘The answer swiftly becomes clear: because the Reconstruction period is when the film's floodgates open, and the true ugliness emerges.’
- ‘Brookside showed societal ugliness in a way no soap opera had done before.’
- ‘She has written an updated foreword to her book about the ugliness that was Bonfire of the Vanities.’
- ‘Evidently, a lot of the ugliness occurred near the end of the concert, about the time that Jethro Tull was scheduled to perform.’
- ‘He was branded an anti-semite during the ugliness around the re-edit of The Contender.’
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