Definition of ugliness in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘She lived alone because of her peculiar ugliness, caused by a fire.’
    • ‘One critic applauded this famous man for revealing his ugliness.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Evidently, a lot of the ugliness occurred near the end of the concert, about the time that Jethro Tull was scheduled to perform.’
      • ‘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.’