Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Ugliness

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘ugliness’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

The man had a particularly (adverb) nasty (adjective) scar on his face that was considerably (adverb) unbecoming (adjective). The children laughed and thought he was hideously (adverb) grotesque (adjective), but despite his alarmingly (adverb) unpleasant (adjective) appearance, he was actually a really nice person.

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

 

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Some Adjectives to Describe Ugliness

(e.g. an unsettling appearance; a horrific countenance; a repulsive manner)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

an unsightly appearance

an unprepossessing appearance/demeanour

an unattractive appearance

an abominable thing (to do)

an unpleasant situation

a repugnant manner/approach

an awful place

an odious manner

a nasty attitude/scar/cut

a repellent odour/smell/personality

a horrible thing (to say)/person

a ghastly way/appearance

a dreadful thing/way/approach/appearance

a terrible thing (to do/say)/person

an offensive manner/attitude

a disgusting smell/attitude

a revolting smell/attitude

a vile appearance/demeanour

a foul smell

a repulsive manner

a hideous face/appearance

*a grotesque appearance

*a monstrous appearance/outburst

*a distasteful approach/person

*a horrid smell

*an appalling demeanour/attitude

*a frightful appearance

*a nauseating smell

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Some Adverbs for Describing How Ugly Someone or Something Is

(e.g. decidedly ugly; horrifically nasty; terribly repulsive)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

He was freakishly ugly

I was horrifically scarred after the attack

The picture was nauseatingly ugly

The creature’s face was sickeningly ugly

It was (an) unpleasantly ugly/disgusting (situation)

It was (a) frightfully ugly/nasty (thing/sight)

It was (a) disgustingly ugly (thing/sight)

He was grossly ugly

She was horribly disfigured

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