Definition of ugliness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being unpleasant or repulsive in appearance.

    ‘Helena gives a soliloquy comparing her ugliness to Hermia's beauty’
    ‘the sheer ugliness of this architectural monstrosity’
    • ‘She lived alone because of her peculiar ugliness, caused by a fire.’
    • ‘The ugliness of fashionably thin, beautiful models is clear and sickening.’
    • ‘There's no denying the ugliness of much of the surrounding neighborhood, with its filthy streets and corroding industrial buildings.’
    • ‘The stultifying ugliness of a northern British industrial city is somehow transformed into a kind of wild beauty by the way the ratio opens up the image.’
    • ‘One critic applauded this famous man for revealing his ugliness.’
    1. 1.1Unpleasantness of an immoral or violent nature.
      ‘a film bent on exposing the ugliness of prejudice’
      ‘the futility and ugliness of war’
      • ‘She has written an updated foreword to her book about the ugliness that was Bonfire of the Vanities.’
      • ‘Evidently, a lot of the ugliness occurred near the end of the concert.’
      • ‘The answer swiftly becomes clear: because the Reconstruction period is when the film's floodgates open, and the true ugliness emerges.’
      • ‘Brookside showed societal ugliness in a way no soap opera had done before.’
      • ‘A search of tweets directed at him over the past week definitely turned up some deep ugliness.’
      • ‘Those raw and real moments when characters broke down or were expressing the ugliness of the human condition were superb.’