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Ugly \Ug"ly\, a. [Compar. Uglier; superl. Ugliest.] [Icel. uggligr fearful, dreadful; uggr fear (akin to ugga to fear) + -ligr (akin to E. -ly, like). ??. Cf. Awe.]

  1. Offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; being of disagreeable or loathsome aspect; unsightly; repulsive; deformed.

    The ugly view of his deformed crimes.

    Like the toad, ugly and venomous.

    O, I have passed a miserable night, So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams.

  2. Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome; as, an ugly temper; to feel ugly. [Colloq. U. S.]

  3. Unpleasant; disagreeable; likely to cause trouble or loss; as, an ugly rumor; an ugly customer. [Colloq.]


a. (en-comparative of: ugly)

  1. adj. displeasing to the senses and morally revolting; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"; "war is ugly" [ant: beautiful]

  2. deficient in beauty; "ugly gray slums"

  3. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace; "a surly waiter"; "an ugly frame of mind" [syn: surly]

  4. morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them" [syn: despicable, vile, unworthy]

  5. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly" [syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]

  6. provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible]

  7. [also: ugliest, uglier]


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Usage examples of "uglier".

The most he could do was to shield her from the uglier details of the Red Wedding as they came down from the Twins.

He could feel their eyes on him, picking at the fresh new sear that had left him even uglier than he had been before.

Tyrion dare not let this grow any uglier than it was, not here, with half the realm looking on.

I have a chestful of hideous masks packed away in a cellar somewhere, getting uglier and uglier.