- 1unpleasant to look at synonym unattractive an ugly face an ugly building an ugly scar
- 2(of an event, a situation, etc.) unpleasant or dangerous; involving threats or violence an ugly incident There were ugly scenes in the streets last night as rioting continued. Idioms
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used to emphasize that someone is very guilty, etc.
(as) guilty, miserable, ugly, etc. as sin (informal)jump to other results
if something unpleasant rears its head or rears its ugly head, it appears or happens
something rears its (ugly) headjump to other results
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noun [uncountable] He was depressed by the extreme ugliness of the city.