ugliness

Ugliness is the quality or state of being unattractive. Despite a baby bird's ugliness, it might grow up to be quite beautiful.

You can talk about an unappealing appearance — that's one kind of ugliness. You might decide not to rent an apartment due to its ugliness, or refuse to wear a sweater your grandma knitted for you because of its ugliness. Another kind of ugliness is more figurative, like the ugliness of racism or the ugliness of a bully's actions. Ugliness comes from ugly and its Scandinavian root meaning "fear or dread."

Definitions of ugliness
  1. noun
    qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
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    Antonyms:
    beauty
    the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
    types:
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    unsightliness
    ugliness that is unpleasant to look at
    grotesqueness, grotesquerie, grotesquery
    ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
    garishness, gaudiness
    strident color or excessive ornamentation
    unpleasingness
    the quality of being unpleasant
    hideousness
    dreadful ugliness; horrible repulsiveness
    unattractiveness
    an ugliness of appearance that is not appealing to viewers
    eyesore
    something very ugly and offensive
    shapelessness
    the quality of lacking an esthetically pleasing shape
    type of:
    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  2. noun
    the quality of being wicked
    synonyms: nefariousness, vileness, wickedness
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    types:
    filthiness
    moral corruption or pollution
    enormity
    the quality of extreme wickedness
    type of:
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
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