ugly

   Unsightly; displeasing to the eye; repulsive or offensive; hideous; objectionable. Bad. The opposite of beautiful. Mediocrity in any form can be ugly, but so can pornography, vandalism, and the results of other unappealing or criminal behaviors; just as poor qualitiy painting, sculpture, architecture, fashion and other products of art and design can be ugly. Ultimately, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ugliness is too. Aesthetic values (tastes) vary both within and between cultures. What affects the rise or fall of any peoples' assessments of various styles or individual works may come from many sorts of influences. Any people's distaste for imagery that offends ethical or moral standards may be less likely to change over time, but it too can change.

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  • ugly — ugly, hideous, ill favored, unsightly are comparable when they mean contrary to what is beautiful or pleasing especially to the sight. Ugly is the comprehensive term which may apply not only to what is distasteful to the sight but also to the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ugly — Ug ly, a. [Compar. {Uglier}; superl. {Ugliest}.] [Icel. uggligr fearful, dreadful; uggr fear (akin to ugga to fear) + ligr (akin to E. ly, like). ??. Cf. {Awe}.] 1. Offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ugly — may refer to:* Ugly (song), a Sugababes song * Ugly (album), a Life of Agony album * Ugly (Blaque song), a song from the band Blaque * Ugly (House), the seventy seventh episode of the television series House * Ugly (single), a single from Bubba… …   Wikipedia

  • ugly — [ug′lē] adj. uglier, ugliest [ME uglike < ON uggligr, fearful, dreadful < uggr, fear, prob. < IE base * ak̑ , sharp > Gr akē, a point] 1. unpleasing to look at; aesthetically offensive or unattractive; unsightly 2. bad, vile,… …   English World dictionary

  • ugly — (adj.) mid 13c., uglike frightful or horrible in appearance, from O.N. uggligr dreadful, fearful, from uggr fear, apprehension, dread (perhaps related to agg strife, hate ) + ligr like. Meaning softened to very unpleasant to look at late 14c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ugly — [adj1] unattractive animal, appalling, awful, bad looking, beastly, deformed, disfigured, foul, frightful, grisly, gross, grotesque, hard featured, hideous, homely, horrid, illfavored, loathsome, misshapen, monstrous, not much to look at*, plain …   New thesaurus

  • Ugly — Ug ly, v. t. To make ugly. [R.] Richardson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ugly — Ug ly, n. A shade for the face, projecting from the bonnet. [Colloq. Eng.] C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ugly — index loathsome, odious, repulsive, scandalous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • ugly — ► ADJECTIVE (uglier, ugliest) 1) unpleasant or repulsive in appearance. 2) hostile or threatening; likely to involve unpleasantness. DERIVATIVES uglify verb ugliness noun. ORIGIN from Old Norse, to be dreaded …   English terms dictionary


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