from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Repulsive, especially to the sight; revoltingly ugly. See Synonyms at ugly.
  • adj. Offensive to moral sensibilities; despicable.

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  • adj. Frightful; shocking; extremely ugly.
  • adj. Distressing or offensive to the ear; horrible.
  • adj. Hateful; shocking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold.
  • adj. Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay.
  • adj. Hateful; shocking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Frightful in appearance, sound, or character; very dreadful; horrible; detestable; revolting: as, a hideous monster; a hideous uproar; hideous debauchery.
  • Synonyms Grim, Grisly, etc. (see ghastly); horrid, terrible, appalling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
  • adj. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, variant of hidous, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French hide, hisde, fear, possibly of Germanic origin.

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From Middle English hidous, from Anglo-Norman hidous, from Old French hideus, hydus ("that which inspires terror"), from earlier hisdos, from hisda ("horror, fear"), of uncertain and disputed origin. Probably from Frankish *egisda, *egisida (“terror, fright”), from Proto-Germanic *agisiþō (“horror, terror”), from Proto-Germanic *agisōnan (“to frighten, terrorise”), from Proto-Germanic *agaz (“terror, fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *aǵʰ-, *agʰ- (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German egisa, egidī ("horror"), Old English egesa ("fear, dread"), Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌹𐍃 (agis, "fear, terror").


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