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

  Rugged \Rug"ged\, a. [See Rug, n.]
     1. Full of asperities on the surface; broken into sharp or
        irregular points, or otherwise uneven; not smooth; rough;
        as, a rugged mountain; a rugged road.
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              The rugged bark of some broad elm.    --Milton.
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     2. Not neat or regular; uneven.
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              His well-proportioned beard made rough and rugged.
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     3. Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy. "The rugged Russian
        bear." --Shak.
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     4. Harsh; hard; crabbed; austere; -- said of temper,
        character, and the like, or of persons.
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              Neither melt nor endear him, but leave him as hard,
              rugged, and unconcerned as ever.      --South.
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     5. Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude. --Milton.
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     6. Rough to the ear; harsh; grating; -- said of sound, style,
        and the like.
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              Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.
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     7. Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc.
        "Sleek o'er your rugged looks." --Shak.
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     8. Violent; rude; boisterrous; -- said of conduct, manners,
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     9. Vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc.
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     Syn: Rough; uneven; wrinkled; cragged; coarse; rude; harsh;
          hard; crabbed; severe; austere; surly; sour; frowning;
          violent; boisterous; tumultuous; turbulent; stormy;
          tempestuous; inclement.
          [1913 Webster] -- Rug"ged*ly, adv. -- Rug"ged*ness,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the property of being big and strong [syn: huskiness,
           ruggedness, toughness]
      2: the quality of being topologically uneven; "the ruggedness of
         the mountains"
      3: the quality of being difficult to do; "he assigned a series
         of problems of increasing hardness"; "the ruggedness of his
         exams caused half the class to fail" [syn: hardness,

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