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 for ruffian
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruffian \Ruf"fian\ (r[u^]f"yan or r[u^]f"f[i^]*an; 277), n. [F.
     rufien, OF. ruffien, ruffian, pimp, libertine, rake; cf. Pr.
     & Sp. rufian, It. ruffiano; all perhaps of German or Dutch
     origin; cf. G. raufen to pluck, scuffle, fight, OD. roffen to
     pander. Cf. Ruffle to grow turbulent.]
     1. A pimp; a pander; also, a paramour. [Obs.]
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              He [her husband] is no sooner abroad than she is
              instantly at home, reveling with her ruffians. --Bp.
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     2. A boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow
        ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat.
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              Wilt thou on thy deathbed play the ruffian? --Shak.
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     2. Hence: A tough, lawless or bullying person.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruffian \Ruf"fian\, a.
     Brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruffian \Ruf"fian\, v. i.
     To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a cruel and brutal fellow [syn: bully, tough,
           hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "ruffian":
     Babbitt, Philistine, arriviste, bad boy, battler, belligerent,
     belted knight, bickerer, blade, booger, boor, bounder, bourgeois,
     bravo, brawler, bucko, buffoon, bugger, bully, bullyboy, cad,
     churl, clown, combatant, competitor, contender, contestant,
     cutthroat, cutup, desperado, devil, disputant, duelist, elf,
     enfant terrible, enforcer, epicier, fencer, feuder, fighter,
     fighting cock, foilsman, funmaker, gamecock, gladiator, goon,
     gorilla, groundling, gunman, guttersnipe, hatchet man, hell-raiser,
     hellcat, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, ill-bred fellow, imp, joker,
     jokester, jouster, killer, knave, knight, little devil,
     little monkey, little rascal, looby, lout, low fellow, mad dog,
     militant, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, mucker, nouveau riche,
     parvenu, peasant, pixie, plug-ugly, practical joker, prankster,
     puck, punk, quarreler, rapscallion, rascal, ribald, rioter, rival,
     rogue, rough, roughneck, rowdy, sabreur, scamp, scapegrace,
     scrapper, scuffler, squabbler, strong arm, strong-arm man,
     strong-armer, struggler, swashbuckler, sword, swordplayer,
     swordsman, thug, tilter, tough, tussler, upstart, vulgarian,
     vulgarist, wag, wrangler, yahoo, yokel

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