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."

Usage Examples:

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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