hid·​eous | \ ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio) \

Definition of hideous

1 : offensive to the senses and especially to sight : exceedingly ugly hideous furniture The dress looked hideous on her.
2 : morally offensive : shocking a hideous crime

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Other Words from hideous

hideosity \ ˌhi-​dē-​ˈä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hideosity (audio) \ noun
hideously adverb
hideousness noun

Examples of hideous in a Sentence

The room was filled with hideous furniture. the hideous way in which she treated her maid after she discovered her ring was missing

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Not only that, but this project is a huge, hideous eyesore. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido planners approve six-story downtown apartment building," 28 Aug. 2019 His works were often explicit nudes, at once erotic and hideous. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schiele," 26 July 2019 The weaponry of choice for their mother, Celeste (Nicole Kidman), is a severe suit in lifeless blue and a line of lawyerly, hideous questioning. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Disappointing, Emmy-Baiting Finale of “Big Little Lies” Season 2," 22 July 2019 As is MLB’s custom on Father’s Day, Sunday’s MLB action featured players in garish, hideous, why-did-they-do-this blue caps and accoutrements. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 Over the weekend, a hideous heat wave blanketed cities across the Midwest and Northeast, with temperatures touching triple digits. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That's a Problem," 23 July 2019 Certainly, Morganna wore nothing worse than the hideous double-knit baseball uniforms of that era, often colored blue on the road (or worse in the case of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Houston). Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 Along with the climactic scene in the story, the scroll depicts muscular demons tormenting the souls of the dead in a swirling pool of fire guarded by a hideous eight-headed monster, each of whose heads has four eyes. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Only one more week to seek outstanding second rotation of Japanese artworks in CMA’s big Shinto exhibition," 23 June 2019 In addition to dragging a festering presidential outrage back into the light, Carroll also provided the best answer to one of the world’s most hideous questions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: I loved Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll in 2000, and I love her now," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of hideous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hideous

alteration of Middle English hidous, from Anglo-French hidus, hisdos, from Old French hisde, hide terror

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The first known use of hideous was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting


hid·​eous | \ ˈhi-dē-əs How to pronounce hideous (audio) \

Kids Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting : frightful

Other Words from hideous

hideously adverb

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