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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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 Unfortunately, the ugliness isn’t solely in the on-screen violence. Kimber Myers,, "Hardcore horror 'Incident in a Ghostland' tainted by hate," 21 June 2018 The tools have been used for ugliness more than they’ve been used for beauty. Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 Marcus Semien’s single loaded the bases, but true ugliness didn’t arrive until Lowrie stepped up. John Hickey,, "Reynaldo Lopez strikes out 10 but gets no offensive support in White Sox's 8-1 loss to A's," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Ugly American

ugly duckling

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