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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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 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

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First Known Use of ugliness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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