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hideous adj
1 grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry" [syn: horrid, horrific, outrageous]
2 so extremely ugly as to be terrifying; "a hideous scar"; "a repulsive mask" [syn: repulsive]

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hidous, hidous, hidos, hidus, hisdos, hisdous, hideux: confer hide, hisde, fright; of uncertain origin; confer egidī horror, or hispidosus, for hispidus rough, bristly, hispid.


  • a UK /ˈhɪd.iː.ʌs/ /"hId.i:.Vs/


  1. Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks.
    A piteous and hideous spectacle." Macaulay.
  2. Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise. Hideous cries." Shak.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      He started up, growling at first, but finding his leg broken, fell down again; and then got upon three legs, and gave the most hideous roar that ever I heard.
  3. Hateful; shocking. Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver." Shak. Syn. -- Frightful; ghastly; grim; grisly; horrid; dreadful; terrible.


dreadful to behold
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