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4 having muscles capable of exerting great physical force
  • a rugged athlete who's competing in weight lifting in the Olympics

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5 not having a level or smooth surface
  • rugged terrain that made for slow going

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7 marked by turmoil or disturbance especially of natural elements
  • New Hampshire's Mount Washington has some of the ruggedest weather in all of North America

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How does the adjective rugged contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of rugged are harsh, rough, scabrous, and uneven. While all these words mean "not smooth or even," rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel.

a rugged landscape

When would harsh be a good substitute for rugged?

The meanings of harsh and rugged largely overlap; however, harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch.

a harsh fabric that chafes the skin

When might rough be a better fit than rugged?

The words rough and rugged are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface.

a rough wooden board

When can scabrous be used instead of rugged?

The synonyms scabrous and rugged are sometimes interchangeable, but scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface.

a scabrous leaf

When is it sensible to use uneven instead of rugged?

While the synonyms uneven and rugged are close in meaning, uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality.

an old house with uneven floors

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The first known use of rugged was in the 14th century

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“Rugged.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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