eye·​sore | \ ˈī-ˌsȯr How to pronounce eyesore (audio) \

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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Our quick holiday project was demanding more material and labor, and promising to be an eyesore to boot. Popular Mechanics, "To Install a Pull-Up Bar, We Built a Surfboard," 23 Mar. 2019 Berry transformed a shallow, door-less closet from an eyesore into a charming storage space by lining it with striped wallpaper and adding decorative baskets for corralling toys and gear. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin Reveals His Twins' Beachy-Luxe Playroom," 26 Nov. 2018 One generation’s eyesore, though, is another’s treat, and now brutalism is experiencing a resurgence. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 2018 Fashion has cozied up to the ugly aesthetic in the past, most notable in the late 1990s when Prada rose to prominence with its eyesore prints and murky colors. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 The Howard Theatre, at 620 T St. NW, was an eyesore for years following the 1968 riots, despite a historic landmark designation and a gilded past hosting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and James Brown. Jonathan O'connell, Washington Post, "District suit alleges mismanagement at Howard Theatre," 8 Mar. 2018 Mosley said that the street across from her church had become an eyesore over the last year, cluttered with trash and sewage dumped by people living there in campers and buses. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "As businesses cite blight, overnight RV parking bans on L.A. streets grow — and the homeless scramble," 15 Mar. 2018 Dark stores are large commercial buildings that are closed for business but remain standing, and that can eventually become eyesores. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "South Euclid Council says no to Burger King drive-thru," 13 Mar. 2018 But for critics perhaps the biggest eyesore is the giant bronze statue at the entrance showing a striding Nestor Kirchner, the first secretary-general of the bloc. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of eyesore

1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eyesore

: an ugly object or building


eye·​sore | \ ˈī-ˌsȯr How to pronounce eyesore (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyesore

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

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