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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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Such urbanity usually conceals thuggishness, however.
At some level, I think Trudeau knew that and realized he could never have a successful career as a politician unless he took on that visceral Canadian sense of thuggishness and won it over along with the crowd.
If you don't look after our children, they will turn into ignorance and want, the two ideas, like thuggishness and greed, and he personifies it in these two waifs.
Watching my teenage nephew play football a couple of years back I was utterly disgusted by the thuggishness of some of the players he was faced with.
Nonetheless, as generally obtains in such situations--and all the more in this one, since the peace-breakers at Arad's Central Synagogue could not possibly have set forth not just once but several times without the approval of Gur spiritual leadership--Haredim who recoil at such thuggishness, blunting their criticism, have not voiced loud or public objection.
For once the explicit thuggishness, the feigned outrage to mask the shameless deceitfulness, the apocalyptic warnings, are failing to have an impact.
According to several ex-UDA leaders, the decision to decommission the UDA in January 2010 was viewed not as a capitulation to government demands, but rather as a means of restoring the public validity of the organization, in direct resistance to the image of criminality and thuggishness promoted by "middle-class Unionism." (17) In both cases, the decommissioning of weapons, in combination with the preservation of the day-to-day structures of paramilitary organizations was viewed as a tactic for hybridizing the process of securitization by engaging in it.
The increase in youth thuggishness, sexual promiscuity and unwanted pregnancies can all be directly linked to the obsession with getting drunk.
In the concluding section of his book, after hundreds of pages of examples of the Cambodian leadership's failure to address the problems of poverty, environmental destruction, and political thuggishness, Brinkley offers a thin gruel of hope.