[hid-ee-uh s] /ˈhɪd i əs/

horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly:
a hideous monster.
shocking or revolting to the moral sense:
a hideous crime.
distressing; appalling:
the hideous expense of moving one’s home to another city.
extremely ugly; repulsive: a hideous person
terrifying and horrific

late 14c., from hideous + -ness.

c.1300, “terrifying, horrible, dreadful,” from Anglo-French hidous, Old French hideus, earlier hisdos “hideous, horrible, awful, frightening” (11c.; Modern French hideux), from hisda “horror, fear,” perhaps of Germanic origin; or else from Vulgar Latin *hispidosus, from Latin hispidus “shaggy, bristly,” “[b]ut this presents numerous difficulties” [OED]. Meaning “repulsive” is late 14c.


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