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 beauty of the performance came from the self-awareness that the occasionally affable Shane had about his ugliness. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 When other characters, and even the man himself, scorn his disabilities and mock his ugliness, we are forced by the evidence of our senses to treat the derision metaphorically. New York Times, 11 July 2022 Weirdness encompasses all the bipolar properties of our existence, its beauty and ugliness, kindness and cruelty, good and evil. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 June 2022 Though the formal challenges vary, Heti is always pressing at the membrane between life and art, beauty and ugliness, curious about how much the reader can take. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 But her confirmation hearings were still heated—at times tinged with racial undertones—and the ugliness of the process helped sway at least two Republicans to vote for her. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 7 Apr. 2022 The ugliness of our prejudices and stereotypes adds to the painful news that floods out of Ukraine minute by minute. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 There is a great ugliness on the land and also a great beauty. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Beauty can be hard to recognize against a backdrop of such ugliness. ELLE, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Aug 2022

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“Ugliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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