pretty vs ugly

pretty

Definitions

adverb

  1. to certain extent or degree

adjective

  1. (used ironically) unexpectedly bad
  2. pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing

Examples

I turned up at the school yard with my hippie backpack slung over one shoulder feeling pretty cool.

That's pretty reasonable for being a motoring eco warrior.

(I think the Dalek is pretty cute though, I have to say.) 10: 37 AM

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ugly

Definitions

adjective

  1. provoking horror
  2. morally reprehensible
  3. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
  4. displeasing to the senses

Examples

Just as she reached the stairs to enter the house, an ugly gelding cantered to a stop and the rotund rider ungracefully dismounted.

Heat the oil in a casserole dish, ideally one that fits the meat snugly (or use a large frying pan and then transfer the joint to a casserole dish).

Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison.

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