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 (rŭf′ē-ən, rŭf′yən)
1. A tough or rowdy person.
2. A thug or gangster.

[French, pimp, from Old French rufien, from Old Provençal rufian, from Old Italian ruffiano.]

ruf′fi·an·ism n.
ruf′fi·an·ly adj.
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behavior typical or characteristic of a brutal and violent person. — ruffian, n.
See also: Behavior
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruffianism - violent lawless behavior
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
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nRohheit f, → Gewalttätigkeit f, → Brutalität f
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It was what he wanted to do - to bring out the innate ruffianism of this man he did not like.
This was a special body raised by the railways and colliery owners to supplement the efforts of the ordinary civil police, who were perfectly helpless in the face of the organized ruffianism which terrorized the district.
THE NEWSOME WEAVERS' STRIKE, 1881 - BY PROFESSOR DAVID TAYLOR, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, SCHOOL OF MUSIC, HUMANITIES & MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD IN the spring of 1881 dramatic reports about the "Newsome outrages" appeared in the local press: "cruel ruffianism", even a "system of terrorism" was being perpetrated in a village barely a mile from Huddersfield town centre.
The "merry ruffianism" of Blackwood's, as Scott terms it early in the essay, is the real object here.
With both sides at a stand-off and he press demanding action from the police against the "hooliganism" and "ruffianism" on the turf, a meeting was called between the Birmingham Gang and the Sabinis.
Haddock threatened to ban the defenseman from hockey: "We intend to put a stop to anything that savors of ruffianism." Luckily for Abel, Haddock didn't get his way.
Jacobson notes that the "ruffianism" of bad boys' books lacks "social function" and only "satisf[y themselves.]" He particularly commends Miller for "evoking the brilliant, irrefutable pungency" of life and calls him a "funny and vivid writer."
From the harlequinade the essential idea of flight and pursuit has been completely eliminated; and nothing remains but a pageant of aimless ruffianism ...
A fortnight later the same newspaper was "Denouncing the Ruffianism" of the Midlands fans.