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"ugly" in British English

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uglyadjective

uk   /ˈʌɡ.li/  us   /ˈʌɡ.li/
  • ugly adjective (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

B1 unpleasant to look at; not attractive: I think a lot of modern architecture is very ugly. Yesterday I saw the ugliest baby I've ever seen in my life. I feel really fat and ugly today. He was a really unpleasant man and as ugly as sin (= very ugly).

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ugliness
noun [U] uk   /ˈʌɡ.li.nəs/  us   /ˈʌɡ.li.nəs/
the ugliness of the buildings
(Definition of ugly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ugly" in American English

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uglyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈʌɡ·li/
extremely unattractive in appearance: He’s a really ugly dog.
unpleasant and threatening or violent: This policy could have some ugly consequences.
(Definition of ugly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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