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Is it that it seems a strange and hideous dream, from which we will awake and rub our eyes?

It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what hideous beings these three sisters were.

Alberich was the most hideous of all the black, ugly little Nibelungs.

There was a hideous fascination in this spectacle stretched before us.

The thing thrust so unexpectedly before her eyes was hideous in the extreme.

The baby made a grimace at him which was hideous but lovely.

A moment later she caught sight of Number Twelve's hideous face.

My father did them a hideous wrong, but it was an unintentional wrong.

Is it because they are hideous, or because they are soulless?

Looking around he saw the hideous face of Number Ten snarling into his.

WORD ORIGIN

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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