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[ruhf-ee-uh-niz-uh m, ruhf-yuh-] /ˈrʌf i əˌnɪz əm, ˈrʌf yə-/
conduct befitting a ruffian.
ruffian character.
Origin of ruffianism
1585-95; ruffian + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ruffianism of these scoundrels did not allow them even to apologize for their crime.

    Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army William G. Stevenson
  • All ruffianism affronts me, and actions legitimate in others are crimes in me.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Your adorers, in disguise, have been staining the pure streets of our proud Metropolis with ruffianism.

  • He was a fine compound of ruffianism, shrewdness, and a sort of caustic humour.

  • It was unnecessary to admit for a moment the existence of impudence or ruffianism.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The Preparatory Schools of ruffianism are similarly borne with.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • ruffianism may speak the language of learning or religion; it is ruffianism still.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
  • On the day of her funeral all the ruffianism in the place was up in arms against us.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • On days of general drill, or grand parade, we looked formidable enough—at least to overawe the ruffianism around us.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • “He has shown his ruffianism by acting very gallantly on two occasions, I understand,” observed the captain.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston

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