Hideous meaning

hĭd'ē-əs
The definition of hideous is something that is extremely ugly, terrible or unpleasant to see.

An extremely ugly outfit is an example of an outfit that would be described as hideous.

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Morally offensive; detestable.

Hideous acts of torture.

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Frightful; shocking; extremely ugly.

A piteous and hideous spectacle." Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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Distressing or offensive to the ear; horrible.
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Hateful; shocking.

Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver. - William Shakespeare.

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Repulsive, especially to the sight; revolting.
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Causing great harm or fear; terrible.

A hideous disease.

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Horrible to see, hear, etc.; very ugly or revolting; dreadful.
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Origin of hideous

  • Middle English variant of hidous from Anglo-Norman from Old French hide, hisde fear possibly of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English hidous, from Anglo-Norman hidous, from Old French hideus, hydus (“that which inspires terror”), from earlier hisdos, from hisda (“horror, fear”), of uncertain and disputed origin. Probably from Frankish *egisda, *egisida (“terror, fright”), from Proto-Germanic *agisiþō (“horror, terror”), from Proto-Germanic *agisōną (“to frighten, terrorise”), from Proto-Germanic *agaz (“terror, fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *aǵʰ-, *agʰ- (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German egisa, egidī (“horror”), Old English egesa (“fear, dread”), Gothic (agis, “fear, terror”).
    From Wiktionary
  • Alternative etymology cites possbile derivation from Latin hispidosus (“rugged”), from hispidus (“rough, bristly”), yet the semantic evolution is less plausible.
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