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 This light fixture was some unique version of oil rubbed bronze ugliness, with brownish, creamy, wannabe milk glass shades and a trio of un-glamorous crystal baubles delicately hanging from it. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "How to Change a Light Fixture Without Hiring an Electrician," 29 Apr. 2020 Once, during a train trip, the world-famous author overheard one of his sons comment on the ugliness of a female passenger. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020 None of the ugliness of Worlds Apart or Kaoh Rong permeated the proceedings, even amongst all the lying and backstabbing. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Winners at War recap: Double elimination smackdown!," 7 May 2020 The ugliness of much of this book is offset by the author’s gorgeous writing about the environment of Lapland, the bogs and fogs and berries to pick. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and writers: So many books to read for work, but these were lovely distractions," 30 Nov. 2019 Colonizers cast melanin-rich hues as the embodiment of ugliness and inferiority. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020 The 1976 Democratic primary in Wisconsin had more than its share of ugliness. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 other times Wisconsin presidential primaries went a little off the rails," 3 Apr. 2020 That even amid all the ugliness, blessings flow, as is discovered with such peace, beauty, and consolation during the course of Sister Calling My Name. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Sister Calling My Name May Just Restore Your Hope for Humanity," 3 Feb. 2020 But this revival tries to interrogate that [ugliness] a little more. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Stage To Kill a Mockingbird in 2019," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Ugliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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