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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROUGHEST

The Bitter-root Range is the roughest part of the mountains.

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage.

Thus ended one of the roughest yet amusing contests of the war.

The chord had been touched that the roughest soldier ever felt!

Come what come may, Time and the Hour runs through the roughest day.

The noisiest and the roughest there forgot the jests they had made at Lunardi's expense.

The huts varied in character, though most were of the roughest description.

Some of the tops are of the roughest description, made by the village carpenter.

Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.

He comes to the studio for an hour of the roughest kind of work we can put through.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ruh "rough, coarse (of cloth); hairy, shaggy; untrimmed, uncultivated," from West Germanic *rukhwaz "shaggy, hairy, rough" (cf. Middle Dutch ruuch, Dutch ruig, Old High German ruher, German rauh), from Proto-Germanic *rukhaz, from PIE *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up" (cf. Sanskrit ruksah "rough;" Latin ruga "wrinkle," ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," ruina "a collapse;" Lithuanian raukas "wrinkle," rukti "to shrink").

The original -gh- sound was guttural, as in Scottish loch. Sense of "approximate" is first recorded c.1600. Of places, "riotous, disorderly, characterized by violent action," 1863. Rough draft is from 1690s. Rough-and-ready is from 1810, originally military; rough-and-tumble (1810) is from a style of free-fighting.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.