Definition of ugliness in US English:

ugliness

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘The ugliness of fashionably thin, beautiful models is clear and sickening.’
    • ‘One critic applauded this famous man for revealing his ugliness.’
    • ‘She lived alone because of her peculiar ugliness, caused by a fire.’
    1. 1.1 Unpleasantness of an immoral or violent nature.
      ‘a film bent on exposing the ugliness of prejudice’
      ‘the futility and ugliness of war’
      • ‘Brookside showed societal ugliness in a way no soap opera had done before.’
      • ‘The answer swiftly becomes clear: because the Reconstruction period is when the film's floodgates open, and the true ugliness emerges.’
      • ‘He was branded an anti-semite during the ugliness around the re-edit of The Contender.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

ugliness

/ˈəɡlinəs//ˈəɡlēnəs/