Definition of hideous
- hideous furniture
- The dress looked hideous on her.
- a hideous crime
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
abhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, obscene, odious, offensive, rancid, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly;
acceptable, agreeable, alluring, appealing, attractive, blessed (also blest), desirable, enjoyable, felicitous, gratifying, heavenly, inviting, likable (or likeable), luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, welcome;
: very ugly or disgusting
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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