ug·​li·​ness | \ˈə-glē-nəs \

Definition of ugliness 

1 : the quality or state of being ugly

2 : something that is ugly

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The frontier city’s size, newness, beauty, ugliness and even its stench may have helped artists to think big, and think different. Mary Wisniewski,, "'Chicago Renaissance' recalls a creative pinnacle in the city's history," 25 May 2018 With the news, there’s just so much ugliness thrown in your face. Steve Morse,, "Amid the noise, Ray LaMontagne seeks peace in the music he creates," 21 June 2018 But the ugliness of the current attacks shows they’re running scared. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Arron Banks: The brash British millionaire who backed Brexit, befriended the Russian ambassador and loves Trump," 30 June 2018 Well, after two hours that afternoon with Neshek’s heart-to-heart chat, and ensuing private meetings between Kapler and other Phillies players, that turmoil and ugliness dissipated. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Gabe Kapler was nearly run out of Philly before managing a game there. Here's how he survived.," 2 May 2018 The word’s ugliness can’t ever be erased by white use, inasmuch as it can be subverted by Black people. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar, Black Language and What White Fans Don't Get About the 'N-Word'," 24 May 2018 Celie eventually becomes someone capable of love but not dependent on it, willing to forgive without forgetting, able to take in the world’s beauty while still perceiving the ugliness. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A deeper ‘Purple’ than we’ve seen reaches Charlotte via Broadway Lights," 12 July 2018 England was infamous in an earlier era for the ugliness of soccer hooliganism, and some fans in Russia have been accused of throwing Nazi salutes and chanting racist and anti-Semitic songs. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018 That gives a fanbase that may have started to fatigue of the films time to breathe, and also offers an opportunity for the ugliness of the past few months to fade from memory. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Star Wars: Episode IX reportedly casts Keri Russell in an ‘action-heavy’ role," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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