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synonyms for ruffian

  • delinquent
  • goon
  • brute
  • bully
  • criminal
  • gangster
  • hood
  • hooligan
  • mobster
  • punk
  • rioter
  • rowdy
  • thug
  • troublemaker
  • tough guy
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How to use ruffian in a sentence

The mercenary, ruffian crew Marsac recruits for assistance is clearly not to be trusted.
FLASHING BLADES, SECRET PASSAGES, MISTAKEN IDENTITIES: ‘A GENTLEMAN OF FRANCE’ IS A CLASSIC ADVENTURE TALEMICHAEL DIRDASEPTEMBER 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
As a boy, he admired the hoodlums and ruffians he saw on the streets.
THE MOBSTER WHO BROUGHT ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN TOGETHER … IN DEATHFIONA ZUBLINOCTOBER 9, 2020OZY
Of course I had to satisfy the ruffian's insolent demands, but I did so under protest.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
The ruffian released him at last, and, leaping to his feet, was gone before Rabecque could rise.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
Up the slope they dashed, and past the place where Matt and Clip had had their encounter with Jem and the other ruffian.
MOTOR MATT'S "CENTURY" RUNSTANLEY R. MATTHEWS
It was hard work to keep his hands off the ruffian who was one of the main causes of the trouble.
THE WEIGHT OF THE CROWNFRED M. WHITE
At length one bold ruffian came near her, but was struck dead at her feet by a thunderbolt.
FIGHTING THE TRAFFIC IN YOUNG GIRLSVARIOUS
I rose and slapped the ruffian on the shoulder in a way that would have knocked an ordinary man down.
A LITTLE UNION SCOUTJOEL CHANDLER HARRIS
I judged that the ruffian had friends among the guests, but when I turned to keep an eye on them the room was clear.
A LITTLE UNION SCOUTJOEL CHANDLER HARRIS
His niece threw herself on the neck of one of them and begged for mercy; the ruffian dashed her to the ground.
FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRSJOHN FOXE
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WORDS RELATED TO RUFFIAN

  • antagonist
  • antihero
  • bad actor
  • bad person
  • baddie
  • baddy
  • cad
  • con
  • convict
  • criminal
  • crook
  • felon
  • gangster
  • gunman
  • hoodlum
  • knave
  • lawbreaker
  • malefactor
  • miscreant
  • offender
  • reprobate
  • robber
  • rogue
  • ruffian
  • scoundrel
  • thief
  • villain
  • wrongdoer
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.