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ruffianism

[ruhf-ee-uh-niz-uh m, ruhf-yuh-] /ˈrʌf i əˌnɪz əm, ˈrʌf yə-/
noun
1.
conduct befitting a ruffian.
2.
ruffian character.
Origin of ruffianism
1585-1595
1585-95; ruffian + -ism
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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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