Synonyms of ugly in English:


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1‘an old man with a horribly ugly face’

unattractive, ill-favoured, hideous, plain, plain-featured, plain-looking, unlovely, unprepossessing, unsightly, displeasing, disagreeable
horrible, frightful, awful, ghastly, gruesome, grisly, unpleasant, foul, nasty, grim, vile, shocking, disgusting, revolting, repellent, repugnant, grotesque, monstrous, reptilian, misshapen, deformed, disfigured
North American homely
informal not much to look at, short on looks, as plain as a pikestaff, as ugly as sin, fugly
British informal no oil painting
New Zealand informal huckery

beautiful, attractive

2‘a huge fight ensued and things got pretty ugly’

unpleasant, nasty, alarming, disagreeable, tense, charged, serious, grave, dangerous, perilous, threatening, menacing, hostile, ominous, sinister
archaic direful
rare minacious

pleasant, calm, peaceable

3‘an ugly rumour’

horrible, unpleasant, disagreeable, despicable, reprehensible, nasty, horrid, appalling, objectionable, offensive, obnoxious, foul, vile, base, dishonourable, dishonest, rotten, vicious, spiteful, malevolent, evil, wicked