eye·​sore | \ˈī-ˌsȯr \

Definition of eyesore 

: something offensive to view the old factory has become an eyesore

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Examples of eyesore in a Sentence

The shack is a real eyesore. the old abandoned house was a neighborhood eyesore

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People — complete strangers — began rallying around Oxley on social media, angry that the city was trying to punish him for brightening up an eyesore. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Why 'happy bunny' signs are popping up in Royal Oak neighborhoods," 27 June 2018 Few if any of those potential eyesores have provoked complaints from neighbors, whose views of the lot are almost entirely shielded by a row of cedar trees and other evergreens. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "On Nantucket, wealthy residents oppose housing for seasonal employees," 16 May 2018 With public funds, municipalities typically fix potential eyesores, such as potholes and step up services such as trash collection. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Does it pay to host the World Cup?," 19 June 2018 In 1989, Galdo bought his home on Front Street near Lee and started sprucing up the eyesore across the street. Grace Shallow, Philly.com, "Appeals court rules in favor of Fishtown man who fixed up city lot," 23 Apr. 2018 Residents complained that the bikes were left on private property or piled on top of one another on street corners creating eyesores. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix and Scottsdale move to regulate bike-sharing," 7 July 2018 In 2014, one of the first meetings Serge Dedina had as mayor was with officials at AT&T. The company’s building on Palm Avenue and 13th Street had been an eyesore for over a decade. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public art murals popping up in Imperial Beach," 11 July 2018 Unlike Seattle, a relatively wealthy city with little unused land, Philly is ripe for a food farming revolution: The city has some 40,000 vacant lots, acres that are mostly eyesores. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Philly police raid Occupy ICE camp, Atlantic City's culinary energy on the rise | Morning Newsletter," 6 July 2018 The vacant homes aren't just eyesores, Nelson of the Fair Housing Center said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit alleges housing discrimination by Bank of America in Indianapolis, other cities," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of eyesore

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyesore was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of eyesore

: an ugly object or building


eye·​sore | \ˈī-ˌsȯr \

Kids Definition of eyesore

: something that looks ugly That empty building is an eyesore.

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obstinately defiant of authority

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