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  • adj. Alternative form of ill-favored.

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  • adj. usually used of a face


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  • Everyone in the village seems to bear some festering discontent: Mikey is an ill-favoured farm labourer who likes starting fires and despises the handsome new Australian hand who has appeared on the scene.

    Hill Farm by Miranda France – review

  • She was plump-cheeked, as I've said, and under the grime by no means ill-favoured.


  • And the ill-favoured and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favored and fat kine...and the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears.

    Daily Bread for the three D's

  • Dougal was glad to see Steenie, and brought him into the great oak parlour, and there sat the laird his leesome lane, excepting that he had beside him a great, ill-favoured jackanape, that was


  • So, sir stranger, thou art not ill-favoured from a woman's point of view, which was thy real object in coming to Thebes; thy hair is long because thou hast never been a wrestler, flowing right down thy cheeks most wantonly; thy skin is white to help thee gain thy end, not tanned by ray of sun, but kept within the shade, as thou goest in quest of love with beauty's bait.

    The Bacchantes

  • “Aweel, Tibb, a lass like me wasna to lack wooers, for I wasna sae ill-favoured that the tikes wad bark after me.”

    The Monastery

  • Actually, so far as he could judge, the majority of people in Airstrip One were small, dark, and ill-favoured.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • Presently, up came two ill-favoured fellows and said to him, Come, O man, and speak with the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • At the same time, he proposed as a suitable match the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman of a good estate, who was neither ill-favoured nor unamiable, and whose eligibility in a pecuniary point of view could not be disputed.

    Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy

  • And a well-fed, ill-favoured gentleman he was, as ever served

    The Water Babies


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