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thug

(formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims
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No matter with what heavy tragedy the actor plays the role, no matter how thuggishly or foppishly the Venetians are portrayed .
Shutting down all means of communication and thuggishly closing off sources of news, as is now occurring in Honduras, are the ways of that dark past, a time when the United States was complicit in such tactics.
How can unspeakable violence be spoken, and what of the names of forebears and nations negligently, purposefully and thuggishly suppressed in the making of modern states and nationalisms?
DEBBIE is shocked when her daughter Sarah draws a picture that shows Jo crying with Andy towering thuggishly over her.
Bill Clinton's thuggishly self-centered campaign antics conjure so many bad, sad memories that it's hard to know where to begin.
Critics of Black Power have seized upon these ideological conversions as evidence of the movement's weakness of principle: proof that its leaders were opportunistic, or intellectually gullible, or thuggishly spoiling for any sort of fight.