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synonyms for ruffianly

  • desperate
  • fierce
  • hard
  • hard-nosed
  • harsh
  • narrow
  • resolute
  • severe
  • stern
  • stiff
  • strict
  • terrible
  • adamant
  • firm
  • refractory
  • savage
  • arbitrary
  • callous
  • confirmed
  • cruel
  • drastic
  • exacting
  • ferocious
  • fixed
  • hard-bitten
  • hard-boiled
  • hard-line
  • hard-shelled
  • headstrong
  • immutable
  • inflexible
  • intractable
  • merciless
  • obdurate
  • pugnacious
  • ruthless
  • stubborn
  • taut
  • unalterable
  • unbending
  • uncompromising
  • uncontrollable
  • unforgiving
  • unmanageable
  • unyielding
  • vicious
  • violent
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antonyms for ruffianly

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  • amenable
  • calm
  • easy
  • easy-going
  • facile
  • flexible
  • gentle
  • kind
  • lenient
  • mild
  • nice
  • peaceful
  • pliable
  • pliant
  • soft
  • tolerant
  • uncertain
  • yielding
  • supple
  • controllable
  • delicate
  • fragile
  • tender
  • unstable
  • vulnerable
  • weak
  • wobbly
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How to use ruffianly in a sentence

The baron's pallid face looked more bloodless, his accent was fiercer, and his countenance more ruffianly as he uttered all this.
CHECKMATEJOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU
The inhabitants were mostly ruffianly characters, who lived by the plunder they obtained from the vessels wrecked on their shores.
IN THE WILDS OF FLORIDAW.H.G. KINGSTON
Taking their cue from him, these had become more and more insolent, ruffianly, and bullying in their demeanour.
THE LUCK OF GERARD RIDGELEYBERTRAM MITFORD
Ruffianly men came from all parts of the country; insolent, strife-provoking thugs.
THE COMMON SENSE OF SOCIALISMJOHN SPARGO
This poor thing was obliged to punish a school-child, the daughter of one of the bargemen on the Thames, a huge ruffianly man.
HOPES AND FEARSCHARLOTTE M. YONGE
The congregation in the castle, though devout, were ruffianly in their lives, nor did he spare rebukes to his flock.
A SHORT HISTORY OF SCOTLANDANDREW LANG
Both were equally ruffianly, but the one had less of passion, less of feeling, and more of profession in the matter.
GUY RIVERS: A TALE OF GEORGIAWILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS
His right hand held a dagger, and his left a dark lantern, that cast a yellow glare on the ruffianly sculpture of his visage.
THE HEROINEEATON STANNARD BARRETT
He looked his man over from head to foot, and thought he had never seen a more ruffianly bearing, a wilder, sadder face.
M. OR N. "SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURANTUR."G.J. WHYTE-MELVILLE
So Bill stepped forward as spokesman of the ruffianly element, and the immoral force gathered behind and backed him heavily.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 09, NO. 51, JANUARY, 1862VARIOUS
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