What is another word for "ugly side"? How do I say "X reveals the ugly side of Y" in another way?

Edit: Sorry, I should've made this clearer. I wanted another word for "ugly side" but without the "side" if you get what I mean.

For example: "This reveals the ugly side of his ideal"

I was thinking of using 'ugliness' instead of 'ugly side' but I wanted to know if there were better options.

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    unseemly side?
    – Jim
    Apr 17 at 5:10
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    – Lawrence
    Apr 17 at 8:54
  • I find the question clear. The use of the placeholders X and Y may seem to require more examples of nuances but for the PO to give them would answer the question for which they seek our help.
    – Anton
    Apr 17 at 13:20
  • Sorry for the inconvenience. I edited my post so hopefully this made my question clearer.
    – Pn137
    Apr 17 at 23:42

I can offer a few options, all emphasised in bold:

Trust me. You don't want to get on his bad side.

Merriam Webster

The hidden face of Primark fashion


The Mr Hyde and The dark side

Mr Hyde is a part of the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by R L Stephenson.

Wikipedia Jekyll is a kind and respected English doctor who has repressed evil urges inside of him.[1] In an attempt to hide this, he develops a type of serum that he believes will effectively mask his dark side. Instead, Jekyll transforms into Edward Hyde, the physical and mental manifestation of his evil personality.[2] This process happens more regularly until Jekyll becomes unable to control when the transformations occur.

Alter ego: the part of someone's personality that is not usually seen by other people


Many fiction writers, like Stephen King in his 1989 novel, The Dark Half, see the other self as a figure of repressed violence and evil.


  • Supplied the link. "Dark side"'s best!
    – LPH
    Apr 17 at 7:43

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