ruffianism

[ruhf-ee-uh-niz-uhm, ruhf-yuh-]
noun
1.
conduct befitting a ruffian.
2.
ruffian character.

Origin:
1585–95; ruffian + -ism

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ruffian (ˈrʌfɪən)
 
n
a violent or lawless person; hoodlum or villain
 
[C16: from Old French rufien, from Italian ruffiano, perhaps related to Langobardic hruf scurf, scabbiness]
 
'ruffianism
 
n
 
'ruffianly
 
adj

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Policemen had to ride back and forth on the shuttle trains to prevent the disorder from developing into ruffianism.
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