Hideous is a word that means extremely ugly. Anything or anybody that is painful — and a little scary — to look at is hideous.

This is a strong word. If you have a zit on your nose, you might feel hideous, but you're probably not. Only terrifyingly ugly people and things are truly hideous. In horror movies, the special effects team tries to make the monsters hideous, so moviegoers will be scared. This word can also be a more general term for awful things. For example, you could say the effects of a concussion are so severe that they're hideous.

Definitions of hideous
  1. adjective
    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
    “a hideous pattern of injustice”
    synonyms: horrid, horrific, outrageous
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
  2. adjective
    so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
    synonyms: repulsive
    displeasing to the senses
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