ug·​li·​ness | \ ˈə-glē-nəs How to pronounce ugliness (audio) \

Definition of ugliness

1 : the quality or state of being ugly
2 : something that is ugly

Examples of ugliness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The smiles that greet them are a little too eager; there’s an undercurrent of ugliness and menace. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2021 The film’s frequent depictions of poverty, ugliness and desperation may also prove a bit much. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 Using handheld cameras and eschewing the swooping shots that defined his career, Spielberg gave us a Holocaust full of ugliness and chaos, of average people turned into monsters. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 Despite those memories of ugliness, Elder is warm, gregarious, and beloved by his fellow golfers. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The lonely nights, the sneaking, the glow of the fridge, the raw ugliness and the pure exhaustion. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 So far, though, those frustrations have been mostly expressed in online theorizing and small demonstrations that occasionally erupt into ugliness, like the scene that developed when extremist groups got involved in Nevada. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 19 Nov. 2020 Across town, in the state capitol, however, a different type of historical preservation has taken root, a campaign designed not to remember the ugliness of the past but to resurrect it. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2021 Few reveal the ugliness of the impulse more clearly than banning books. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2021

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“Ugliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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