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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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 Artfully hideous creatures perch on turrets and railings, contemplating the world with sardonic glance. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 The equally hideous harvest gold was the trend the following year. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Getting their acts together," 8 June 2019 Once titled, these two photographs call up a hideous history, remind us of the land’s indifference, and roil the mind. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "Sally Mann’s Haunted South," 29 Mar. 2018 His nuclear odyssey yields some hideous examples of the industry’s secrecy, particularly a visit to the Russian village of Metlino, on the Techa river in the Urals. The Economist, "Secrets and lies of the nuclear age," 7 June 2018 In many cases, the most hideous photos contained captions with innocuous hashtags in Arabic, including #Dads, #Girls, and #Cooking. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Gruesome Jihadi Content Still Flourishes on Facebook and Google+," 17 May 2018 Ahead of its two-year anniversary, the home-portable hybrid system has now seen a bunch of older games come back to life as perfect Switch fodder... but many of them are now lost in the Nintendo eShop's hideous interface. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Diablo III leads our list of older games born anew on Nintendo Switch," 2 Nov. 2018 And the rest of it overlaps with the fact that, somehow, hideous sandals in general are in vogue. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Crocs is now targeting teens. Somehow, it’s working.," 1 Nov. 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 How to pronounce hideous (audio) \

Kids Definition of hideous

: very ugly or disgusting : frightful

Other Words from hideous

hideously adverb

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