There seems to me that the word hideous has a positive connotation as in "the hideous nature of truth". Perhaps mistakenly, I connect the word with "hide" as we seem to want to hide what is hideous in ourselves. We often do not want to accept a truth that is hideous to look at, so we deny it, thus hide it from our own site.
I think that maybe my point is that the emotional aspect to the word is negative, but the essence of the word is connected to truth somehow therefore is neutral or even positive.
I would love to hear from others on this matter.
Thanks Jerry C —This comment was unsigned.