V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a mean or violent person--a bully
Synonyms: bully, thug, barbarian, brute, degenerate, savage, hoodlum
Antonyms: friend, ally
Tips: Think of the similar sounding word rough. A ruffian is a person who is rough, like a bully. "I was roughed up by a couple ruffians."
The school ruffian took the child's lunch money. (bully)
The ruffian threatened the man, with a broken bottle. (brute, thug)
We crossed the street in order to avoid what looked like a group of ruffians. (degenerates, bullies)
He was a kind and gentle person, but because of his large size, he was sometimes thought to be a ruffian. (brute, bully)
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