ugliness

noun
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 story of Eleanor Bumpurs highlights the grotesque intersection of evictions and the ugliness of law enforcement. Lisa Edwards, refinery29.com, "Why Fixing The Housing Crisis Is A Black Lives Matter Issue," 30 June 2020 Its ugliness feels accessible and welcome, while being nothing at all like DFW. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Houston is ugly, and I've never felt more at home," 25 June 2020 At one level, the ugliness of the moment seems a trite observation to make. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "NBC pulls '30 Rock' blackface episodes; Tina Fey says 'intent' is not a free pass for white people'," 23 June 2020 Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Tina Fey asks NBC to pull 30 Rock episodes featuring actors wearing blackface," 23 June 2020 Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Tina Fey requests "30 Rock" episodes with blackface be removed from streaming platforms," 23 June 2020 What was lasting, in contrast, was the sheer ugliness of Trump’s fear mongering, even by his own sewer-dwelling standards. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Trump Is Terrorizing America," 21 June 2020 But the pandemic also revealed the ugliness that has always been here. National Geographic, "A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jul 2020

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“Ugliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ugliness. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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