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1. Having an ugly or unattractive face. See Synonyms at ugly.
2. Objectionable; offensive.


1. unpleasant in appearance; homely or ugly.
2. offensive; objectionable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ill-favored - usually used of a face; "an ill-favored countenance"
ugly - displeasing to the senses; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"


1. Extremely displeasing to the eye:
Idiom: ugly as sin.
References in classic literature ?
She had expected -- founding her anticipations on the letter which the housekeeper had written to her -- to see a hard, wily, ill-favored, insolent old woman.
One was a lady, graceful in form and fair of feature, though pale and troubled, and smitten with an untimely blight in what should have been the fullest bloom of her years; the other was an ancient and meanly-dressed woman, of ill-favored aspect, and so withered, shrunken, and decrepit, that even the space since she began to decay must have exceeded the ordinary term of human existence.
As a young girl she had spent hours with her back to her mirror, crying her eyes out; and later she had from desperation and bravado adopted the habit of proclaiming herself the most ill-favored of women, in order that she might--as in common politeness was inevitable--be contradicted and reassured.
No further noises occurring to frighten him he soon reached the door to Til's house and inserting the key crept noiselessly to the garret room which he had rented from his ill-favored hostess.