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  • Oh, it's "hideux," I'm told by someone who had the same idea while looking at these hideous bookends.


  • * Alain* (le fameux participant de Koh Lanta) ne fait pas exception a la regle et je trouve absolument hideux notre accent marnais!!

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  • It is the old story of the conversion of Thais by Paphnutius: the preacher snatches lovely Thais from the burning, but himself is damned -- "si hideux qu'en passant la main sur son visage, il sentit sa laideur."

    The World in Chains Some Aspects of War and Trade

  • Si la risée atroce ou (Plus atroce injure!) L’encens de hideux scélérats


  • Yet, just as after Rousseau, and even in the nineteenth century, travellers were to be found who thought the Alps 'dreadful' (I refer to Chateaubriand's 'hideux'), so such praise as this found no echo in its own day.

    The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times

  • The representative minds of the eighteenth century were such as Voltaire, the master of persiflage, destroying superstition with his _souriere hideux_; Gibbon, "the lord of irony," "sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer"; and Hume, with his thorough-going philosophic skepticism, his dry Toryism, and cool contempt for "zeal" of any kind.

    A History of English Romanticism in the Eighteenth Century

  • The students in public dared not ask, as Voltaire did, "avec son hideux sourire," whether the Lisbon earthquake was the final proof of God's infinite goodness, but in private they used the argumentum ad personam divinam freely enough, and when the Church told them that evil did not exist, the ribalds laughed.

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • Sa physionomie m'effraya: il avait le visage pale, les yeux brillants et sa levre tombait de maniere a laisser voir les dents de la machoire inferieure, ce qui avait quelque chose de hideux.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • Caption: "Pauvre crane vide que me veux tu dire avec ton grincement hideux?"

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  • Caption: "Pauvre crane vide que me veux tu dire avec ton grincement hideux?"

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