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Meaning of HIDEOUS

Pronunciation:  'hideeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  so extremely ugly as to be terrifying; "a hideous scar"; "a repulsive mask"
  2. [adj]  grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry"

HIDEOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: horrid, horrific, offensive, outrageous, repulsive, ugly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hid"e*ous\ (?; 277), a. [OE. hidous, OF. hidous, hidos,
hidus, hisdos, hisdous, F. hideux: cf. OF. hide, hisde,
fright; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. egid[=i] horror, or L.
hispidosus, for hispidus rough, bristly, E. hispid.]
1. Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to
   behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks. ``A piteous
   and hideous spectacle.'' --Macaulay.

2. Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or
   dismay; as, a hideous noise. ``Hideous cries.'' --Shak.

3. Hateful; shocking. ``Sure, you have some hideous matter to
   deliver.'' --Shak.

Syn: Frightful; ghastly; grim; grisly; horrid; dreadful;
     terrible. -- {Hid"e*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Hid"e*ous*ness},

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