One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an old man with a horribly ugly face’
unattractive, ill-favoured, hideous, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, unlovely, unprepossessing, unsightly, displeasing, disagreeable
horrible, frightful, awful, ghastly, gruesome, grisly, unpleasant, foul, nasty, grim, vile, shocking, disgusting, revolting, repellent, repugnant, grotesque, monstrous, reptilian, misshapen, deformed, disfigured
North American homely
informal not much to look at, short on looks, as plain as a pikestaff, as ugly as sin, fugly
British informal no oil painting
NZ informal huckery
2‘a huge fight ensued and things got pretty ugly’
unpleasant, nasty, alarming, disagreeable, tense, charged, serious, grave, dangerous, perilous, threatening, menacing, hostile, ominous, sinister
pleasant, calm, peaceable
3‘an ugly rumour’
horrible, unpleasant, disagreeable, despicable, reprehensible, nasty, horrid, appalling, objectionable, offensive, obnoxious, foul, vile, base, dishonourable, dishonest, rotten, vicious, spiteful, malevolent, evil, wicked
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