hid·​eous | \ˈhi-dē-əs \

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 \ 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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Each episode ends up as an extended joke about how the superhero genre works, with every hideous, terrifying protagonist defeated in a quick overdetermined anticlimax. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Is that hungry spirit god, the devil, some mythical creature, or simply our own hideous human nature? Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018 Six starts in May for Mengden brought four wins, an ERA of 1.51 and WHIP of 0.74, but June has presented an 0-2 mark with a hideous 11.57 ERA and 2.02 WHIP. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Franklin Barreto coming of age," 26 June 2018 That was a momentous event, almost as momentous as those hideous denim-print jerseys the U.S. men wore in that tournament, which looked stolen out of the back of Andre Agassi’s Miata. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Here Comes America’s World Cup (in 2026)," 14 June 2018 The yellow rope proved terrible, that hideous polyester stuff that unties your knot almost when you're done tying it and rots into nasty splinters. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 Obviously, everyone has double-chin selfies and hideous pictures. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Michelle Collins Reveals the Freakiest Things She Found on Other People's Phones for Her New Show," 7 June 2018 Life is filled with muddy moral choices, endlessly complicated problems and ugly compromises with hideous people. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 Along with the slices of my brain is the most hideous image—the 3D scan of my brain that includes my scowling face, looking very much like a demon baby. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting : frightful

Other Words from hideous

hideously adverb

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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