ugliness

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Etymology[edit]

ugly +‎ -ness

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ugliness (countable and uncountable, plural uglinesses)

  1. The condition of being ugly.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, chapter 1, in Bulldog Drummond:
      His best friend would not have called him good-looking, but he was the fortunate possessor of that cheerful type of ugliness which inspires immediate confidence in its owner.
    Everything that's realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent. Sharon Tate
  2. An unsightly or frightful object.
  3. Unpleasant behaviour.
    There was some ugliness at the council meeting.

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