But thanks to work done in the 1960s and 1970s, “it is still seen as a representation of American Western ruggedness.”
With him the ruggedness of his master's manner was softened down, and considerable advances made towards a better style.
There is no ruggedness in the meter, no violence in the stream of images.
Diogenes finally convalesced to his former state of ruggedness and obstreperousness.
Luther also was thought by some to be a mere compound of violence and ruggedness.
Despite its corky wings, it has none of the ruggedness of the cork elm, but is a pretty round-headed tree.
Nothing can convey an idea of the grandeur and ruggedness of the mountains.
The almost smooth texture and the dark shadows of the Manchester picture have given way to ruggedness and transparency.
On the contrary there is a ruggedness in his manner that jars upon the sense.
These elevations, besides, have none of the ruggedness of character we usually find in such places.
c.1300, "rough, shaggy, careworn" (originally of animals), from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft" (see rug). "The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same" [OED]. Meaning "vigorous, strong, robust" is American English, by 1848.
We were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines -- doctrines of paternalism and state socialism. [Herbert Hoover, speech in New York, Oct. 22, 1928]Hoover said the phrase was not his own, and it is attested from 1897, though not in a patriotic context. Related: Ruggedly; ruggedness.