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

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There was no point in putting on backlit grey productions, shooting in bad light, revelling in ugliness. The Economist, "Obituary: Franco Zeffirelli died on June 15th," 21 June 2019 But in this case, those two are coming together in the worst possible way and everyone is going to have to live with that ugliness. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The unfair, unsavory truth of Kevin Durant’s injury," 11 June 2019 But his sacrifice shows the ugliness of hyper-masculinity and social media. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Social media deserves blame for Kevin Durant’s injury," 18 June 2019 And the #MeToo movement has been a sobering and infuriating reminder of the ugliness that results when there is an imbalance of power, ignorance of privilege and lack of respect. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Becky Hammon's hiring as NBA coach will send an important message – to men," 11 May 2018 There’s beauty in the struggle and ugliness in the success. Jeffrey Bernstein, The Seattle Times, "Griffin scores 29, Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss," 5 Feb. 2019 But despite the ugliness on social media and the way in which the internet has challenged them in recent years, don’t expect the royals to head offline. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 But this time, patience should pay off: years of ugliness have helped create a much prettier picture. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Worst Is Over for Generic-Drug Stocks," 14 Sep. 2018 This covers much of Firewall in a cloud of ugliness. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Feel better about your PlayStation VR with sweet new games Astro Bot, Firewall," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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