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Definitionextremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
- Art thou not afraid of nightmares and hideous dreams?Chapter 4 -- The Interview (98% in)
- They grew out of his heart, and typify, it may be, some hideous secret that was buried with him, and which he had done better to confess during his lifetime.Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (22% in)
- Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly nightshade, dogwood, henbane, and whatever else of vegetable wickedness the climate could produce, all flourishing with hideous luxuriance?Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (12% in)
- Some affirmed that the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge, had begun a course of penance—which he afterwards, in so many futile methods, followed out—by inflicting a hideous torture on himself.Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (6% in)
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