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noun as in hoodlum

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The mercenary, ruffian crew Marsac recruits for assistance is clearly not to be trusted.

As a boy, he admired the hoodlums and ruffians he saw on the streets.

From Ozy

We know the governor, despite his popularity and his toe-dips into bipartisanship, has a reputation as a ruffian.

Of course I had to satisfy the ruffian's insolent demands, but I did so under protest.

The ruffian released him at last, and, leaping to his feet, was gone before Rabecque could rise.

Up the slope they dashed, and past the place where Matt and Clip had had their encounter with Jem and the other ruffian.

It was hard work to keep his hands off the ruffian who was one of the main causes of the trouble.

At length one bold ruffian came near her, but was struck dead at her feet by a thunderbolt.


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On this page you'll find 44 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ruffian, such as: delinquent, goon, brute, bully, criminal, and gangster.

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