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1. Having a rough irregular surface: rugged terrain.
2. Having strong features marked with furrows or wrinkles: the rugged face of the old sailor.
3. Having a sturdy build or strong constitution: a rugged trapper who spent months in the wilderness.
4. Tempestuous; stormy: the rugged weather of the North Atlantic.
5. Demanding great effort, ability, or endurance: the rugged conditions of barracks life.
6. Lacking culture or polish; coarse and rude: rugged manners and ribald wit.

[Middle English, shaggy, of Scandinavian origin.]

rug′ged·ly adv.
rug′ged·ness n.
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Noun1.ruggedness - the property of being big and strongruggedness - the property of being big and strong
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
2.ruggedness - the quality of being topologically uneven; "the ruggedness of the mountains"
unevenness, variability - the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
hilliness - the quality of being hilly; "the hilliness of West Virginia"
3.ruggedness - the quality of being difficult to do; "he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness"; "the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail"
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
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[ˈrʌgɪdnɪs] N [of terrain] → lo accidentado, lo escabroso; [of coastline] → lo escarpado; [of features] → dureza f; [of character] (= toughness) → aspereza f; (= lack of refinement) → tosquedad f, rudeza f; [of conditions] → dureza f; [of machine, clothing, construction] → resistencia f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= roughness, unevenness)Rauheit f; (of country, landscape also)Wildheit f; (of ground)Felsigkeit f; the ruggedness of the cliffsdie zerklüfteten Klippen
(= tough appearance: of man, face, features) → Markigkeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈrʌgɪdnɪs] n (of terrain, coastline, mountain) → asprezza, asperità; (of character) → rudezza; (of features) the ruggedness of his facei lineamenti marcati del suo volto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈragid) adjective
1. rocky; uneven. rugged mountains.
2. strong; tough. a rugged character; He had rugged good looks; He is tall and rugged.
ˈruggedly adverb
ˈruggedness noun
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References in classic literature ?
And if at times these things bent the welded iron of his soul, much more did his far-away domestic memories of his young Cape wife and child, tend to bend him still more from the original ruggedness of his nature, and open him still further to those latent influences which, in some honest-hearted men, restrain the gush of dare-devil daring, so often evinced by others in the more perilous vicissitudes of the fishery.
It led them over rough hills, and through broken gullies, during which time they suffered great fatigue from the ruggedness of the country.
She had waited longer than she knew, and now that she found herself belated in the snow-hidden ruggedness of the long lanes, even the animation of a vindictive purpose could not keep her spirit from failing.
The cloven valleys of the lower world swam in a tinted mist which veiled the ruggedness of their crags and ribs and ragged forests, and turned all the forbidding region into a soft and rich and sensuous paradise.
The ruggedness of the head, which looked as though it were carved from a stone refractory to the sculptor's chisel, the rough mane of dark hair, the great nose, and the massive bones of the jaw, suggested a man of strength; and yet Philip wondered whether perhaps the mask concealed a strange weakness.
There was no vestige of human habitation, or sign of man's resort, to bear the name; but there was the same noble country, the same broad expanse of hill and dale, the same beautiful channel stealing on, far away, the same lofty mountains which, like the troubles of life, viewed at a distance, and partially obscured by the bright mist of its morning, lose their ruggedness and asperity, and seem all ease and softness.
Yet it is not the ruggedness of the Devon land we feel in Herrick's poems.
It had been beaten level in the first instance, but in course of time it had grown rough and uneven, so that though it was clean, its ruggedness was not unlike that of the magnified rind of an orange.
Then Arthur's father, who has all along been secretly pining in the ways of virtuous ruggedness for those accursed snares which are called the Arts, becomes acquainted with her.
They are all clothed in skins of beasts, and their houses are built of the same; you know not a man from a woman, neither by the ruggedness of their countenances nor their clothes; and in the winter, when the ground is covered with snow, they live underground in vaults, which have cavities going from one to another.
Covered with ice, it was only to be distinguished from land by its superior wildness and ruggedness. The Greeks wept for joy when they beheld the Mediterranean from the hills of Asia, and hailed with rapture the boundary of their toils.