hideous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hideous so extremely ugly as to be terrifying "a hideous scar","a repulsive mask"
    • adj hideous grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror "subjected to outrageous cruelty","a hideous pattern of injustice","horrific conditions in the mining industry"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three-syllable word "hideous," with the change of a single consonant, becomes a two-syllable word with no vowel sounds in common: "hideout."
    • Hideous Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise. "Hideous cries."
    • Hideous Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks. "A piteous and hideous spectacle."
    • Hideous Hateful; shocking. "Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hideous Frightful in appearance, sound, or character; very dreadful; horrible; detestable; revolting: as, a hideous monster; a hideous uproar; hideous debauchery.
    • hideous Synonyms Grim, Grisly, etc. (see ghastly); horrid, terrible, appalling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hideous hid′e-us frightful: horrible: ghastly
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
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    “Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.”
  • Dave Barry
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    “Although Golf was originally restricted to wealthy Protestants, today its open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
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    “They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
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    “One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “Vice is a creature of such hideous mien... that the more you see it the better you like it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hidous, OF. hidous, hidos, hidus, hisdos, hisdous, F. hideux,: cf. OF. hide, hisde, fright; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. egidī, horror, or L. hispidosus, for hispidus, rough, bristly, E. hispid,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hideus, hisdoshide, hisde, dread, prob.—L. hispidus, rough, rude.

Usage

In literature:

It had seemed so natural a moment before, it was so hideously suggestive now.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Then came collapse with hideous suddenness.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Another frightful cry made yet more hideous the nocturne.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
It has, however, a most hideous physiognomy.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
But it began to look now like a hideous damnation.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Madame set down the lamp upon the table, and made the room hideous with shrieks.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The dark, so kindly and so encouraging, beloved of his kind, was gone, and the earth swam in a hideous light, every ray of which was hostile.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I gave the kid a grin before I realized that I was disguised anyhow and probably a hideous sight.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The hideous thing was then only in its infancy.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
They leave their hideous scars upon the soul.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
At length even the ingenuity of a passion could no longer disguise the hideous and bitter truth.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Never in the hideous excitement of nightmare had I experienced such a terror as the terror that room conveyed to my mind.
"Scottish Ghost Stories" by Elliott O'Donnell
The hideous period of beginning to begin!
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
This government feels that it is hideous.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
His great beardless face was so hideous, so startling, that Max gaped at him rudely, lost in horror.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Hideous as these creatures appear, they are harmless, as the puncture they make is but slight, and the wound quickly heals.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
All have hideous countenances, large gaping mouths, and staring eyes.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
The piano-player bangs and thumps his hideously-wiry instrument.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Mayo shouted at them with a violence that made hideous din in that narrow space.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Grief like a hideous suckling hung
Along her hollow breast,
Pain was upon her as she walked,
And as she stooped to rest.
"The Loving Tree" by John Shaw Neilson
"For I would not," he said,
"Tears and the black pall and the wormy grave,
Grief's hideous panoply I would not have
Round me when I am dead."
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
"I would not have," he said,
"Tears, nor the black pall, nor the wormy grave,
Grief's hideous panoply I would not have
Round me when I am dead.
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
The third night came and the tapers flame
A hideous stench did make,
And they burnt as though they had been dipt
In the burning brimstone lake.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
Against the horizon's dim-descernèd wheel
A form rose, strange of mould:
That he was hideous, hopeless, I could feel
Rather than could behold.
"A Meeting With Despair" by Thomas Hardy
Shall heaven and earth hear one cry sent
Even from the hideous gibbet height,
'Praise to the Lord Omnipotent,
The vultures have a feast to-night.'
"The World's Lover" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Does anybody truly believe, even in the wake of something as hideous as what happened in Tucson last weekend, that we can do something as quixotic and indefinable as policing incendiary language on the web.
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, by David Foster Wallace.
My girlfriends and I had collected so many hideous bridesmaids dresses over the years that we set up a bridesmaids football game one spring day on the Ellipse of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Readers sent in their photos and stories about their hideous bridesmaid dresses.
When she finally emerged, she was wearing a hideous alien mask, putting a real and immediate damper on the mood.
Winning ugly was Oklahoma State wearing those hideous gray uniforms Saturday.
His enemies said he had the "most hideous" smile in Europe.
Mystery surrounds the discovery of a hideous creature washed up under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
The District has released four cab paint designs, which range from "hideous" to "not as hideous as the other three".
The reality star has taken to hitting the streets in a series of hideous clothing items designed by her boyfriend as the couple prove they're not only inseparable, they're actually morphing into each other.
(And maltreatment of animals by a child is a famously strong indicator, as our investigators of psychopathology have found, of hideous future conduct.
The Bills were whistled for nine false starts in Sunday's hideous 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Hideous Lies In Dating Site Profiles: Here's Your Handy Guide.
Cleaning up the hideous is companies' hallmark .
'Hideous' death in heat haze .
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In science:

The details for this and the n-ary case are left to the reader - they are not difficult, but notationally hideous, and no new insight is gained from the exercise.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
While the intersection of the image of f with one of these tori may be hideous on the torus, the intersection on the annulus may, by standard techniques, be reduced to a family F of parallel essential simple closed curves on the annulus.
On two-generator satellite knots
We make a warning here: the notation we will use in the next few pages will be hideous.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
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