Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being hideous; extreme ugliness.
  • n. Something hideous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hideous aspect; a very ugly object.

Etymologies

hideous +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I figured this could be a quick replacement before I buy another serious pair that follows the "anything under $400 will be an inanimate hideosity" rule.

    I'm considering buying a pair of Cabela's Pine Ridge roof prism binoculars.

  • I am not talking about feeling at all okay with greedy, corrupt white-collar criminals or the organizations that align with and perpetuate such hideosity.

    Dr. Cheryl Pappas: Arianna Huffington: The Cookie Who Cares

  • The Flashdance look is back, which if you ask me was a hideosity the first time around, as are shoulder pads, which hopefully will last approximately two seconds, and women in uncomfortable footwear sporting 1930s Hollywood-plucked eyebrows.

    Laura Munson: Dog Fog

  • What we got at the end was a contemporary dance, all right, but something that looked like a cutting-room-floor rejection from Stayin 'Alive, a hideosity in which the sets were sort of a maze, a metaphor for the transparent walls that divide us.

    All the World's a Stage, and I Wish Some People Would Get Off of It: James Wolcott

  • Like dark circles and overhead lighting and just like really bad, like hideous - hideosity (ph), I ` d call it.

    CNN Transcript Sep 28, 2009

  • But because I also have vanity, I put up the 10th grade pic to balance out the hideosity of the 8th grade chicken neck.

    Me at Three « Whatever

  • Even now, when she was here for the last visit, she gave me such a complex about my newly coloured and highlighted hair that I got into quite a slump, convinced of my hideosity is that the colour you *asked* for, darling?

    A Pox On Me

  • Good: a large 1950s-era concrete tumor of breathtaking hideosity was removed from the building's ass.

    Guess that department!

  • I agree that this is an eyesore, but what about that hideosity on the corner of Clinton and Second Place or is it First?

    The Eyesore of Union Street

  • An ant holding a microchip in its jaws, blown up 32 times its normal size, reveals not only the amazing miniaturization of the chip-circuitry but the cinema-monster hideosity of an ant seen up close.

    A World Ready for Its Close-Up

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  • -osity is a most useful suffix...

    November 8, 2007

  • Possibly one of my favorite words ever.

    November 8, 2007