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April 23, 2008
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Monday, 21st April 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Ruffian




( Noun )



Pronunciation : rffee-an


Definition:



1. A tough or rowdy person

2. A thug or gangster

3. A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire

4. A ruffian can be defined as a scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful and unreliable person


Etymology:


French, pimp, from Old French rufien, from Old Provenal rufian, from Old Italian ruffiano.


Synonyms:


hoodlum, mug, roughneck, rowdy, tough, bully, tough, hooligan, roughneck, yob, yobo, yobbo


Antonyms:


Civilised, cultured



Contextual Examples:


The ruffian Woodley was a very different person, but, except on one occasion, he had not molested our client, and now he visited the house of Carruthers without intruding upon her presence.

It was like a dream in which a man fancies that a ruffian is coming to attack him.


Related Words:


ruffianism : Noun

ruffianly : Adjective




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