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

  • adj. Having an ugly or unattractive face. See Synonyms at ugly.
  • adj. Objectionable; offensive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unpleasing to the eye; ugly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting beauty or attractiveness; unattractive; deformed; ugly; ill-looking; -- usually used of a face.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ill-looking; deformed; repulsive; ugly.

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

  • adj. usually used of a face


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  • For the most part, these were dark, crusty, ill-favored things, and it mattered little whether the artist attempted a still life of old wooden shoes or an interior scene of peasants consuming a frugal repast, as forms and shapes were barely discernible in his murky canvases.

    A Stranger to Himself

  • God only knows why anyone would want to conquer such an unsightly, ill-favored land.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • A Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight-any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • In the kinship system the protection of the weak and ill-favored was secured by placing bonds on the strong and well-favored.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 13~ The Enlargement and Concentration of Political Power

  • The ill-favored, grossly overweight female is the right counterpart to a gay male because, like the homosexual, she causes discomfort due to the fact that attraction can only operate in one direction.

    No Fat Chicks

  • "Fresh touch with God," by abiding in Christ, alone will keep the lean kine and the ill-favored grain out of my life.

    Daily Bread for the three D's

  • [GRUMACH — ill-favored.] (which, from an obliquity in his eyes, was the personal distinction he bore in the Highlands, where titles of rank are unknown) was suspected of being a better man in the cabinet than in the field.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • As if arrested by a charm, the eyes of young Philipson remained bent on this ill-omened and ill-favored bird, without his having the power to remove them.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Meanwhile, as Senator Obama spoke, Senator McCain appeared to wander aimlessly around the stage -- lurking in the shadows like a hissing "gangrel creature with an ill-favored look" -- Gollum with a mic.

    Bob Cesca: That One?!


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