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4 having muscles capable of exerting great physical force

  • a rugged athlete whoʼs 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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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface.
    • a rough wooden board
harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch.
    • a harsh fabric that chafes the skin
uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality.
    • an old house with uneven floors
rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel.
    • a rugged landscape
scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface.
    • a scabrous leaf

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