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ruffian
(n)
RUFF-i-ǝn
Meaning

scoundrel; violent character

1st Sample Sentence

He had been a worthless ruffian throughout his youth, but on the day he met her, he resolved to leave his bad old ways and try to make a respectable living.

Mnemonics

Sounds like "rough"-ian. i.e. a rowdy person.

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