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  • n. the process of being made ugly or uglified.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of uglifying or disfiguring.


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  • I wasn't happy seeing our social gains of the 60's going in reverse, but I had to cope with the reality of the fact, and the resultant 'uglification' of the arts.

    View from the Northern Border

  • She looked at me accusingly, as if I were part of some American imperialist uglification campaign.

    Day of Honey

  • Julian Glover's article about the "uglification of Britain" and the coalition government's desire "to break the stranglehold of a system that is bad at planning but good at shackling development" Comment, 28 March would have been greatly strengthened by reference to a recent report from the communities and local government select committee.

    Letters: Planning a better future together

  • Doesn't necessarily look to me as though it's in the same category as the Dust Bowl, the destruction of the Everglades, or the many and various slow-motion environmental disasters involving habitat destruction, monocultural agriculture, toxic wastes, uglification of pastoral landscapes, etc.

    Worst environmental disaster in U.S. history?

  • Clear Channel has contributed majorly to the uglification of the landscape with their garish and innumerable billboards.

    Round 47: Countrywide vs Clear Channel - The Consumerist

  • It's tempting to think we're the first humans to suffer this horrible uglification arms race.

    Keith Blanchard: A World Without Advertising

  • Second and more importantly, it's a worrying symptom of the creeping uglification of my society due to the ongoing conflict - a point I would have thought many here would sympathize with, since the "moral decay of Britain/the West" is such a favorite leitmotif on this blog.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Simon, that sort of uglification happened to everything.

    That orange with a straw stuck in it.

  • Keep in mind that the article is also quick to point out that this is not theft prevention—a bike lock is still necessary—but considering how easy it is to steal a bike in broad daylight, a lock plus some skilled uglification could make all the difference.

    Ugly Your Bike to Deter Thieves | Lifehacker Australia

  • Maybe my distaste for all feet other than my own - because mine are the only beautiful pair, don't you know - translated into the uglification of my own cute toes.

    Snack Food: Tastes Great, Makes You Fat


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  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:

    "I never heard of Uglification," Alice ventured to say. "What is it?"

    The Gryphon lifted up both its paws in surprise. "What! Never heard of uglifying!" it exclaimed. "You know what to beautify is, I suppose?"

    "Yes," said Alice doubtfully: "it means—to—make—anything—prettier."

    "Well, then," the Gryphon went on, "if you don't know what to uglify is, you are a simpleton."

    July 18, 2008

  • Just a shade uglier than beautification as a word, and as a process where you would have to start with something that is not ugly whereas to beautify you'd start with something not beautiful.

    December 24, 2007