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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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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.
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.
The result is a clumsy botch job, a series of extremely dense, stocky, and inelegant blocks crammed into the site, with a grim postage stamp of public space in the middle; in order to distract from this thuggishness, Piano decided to color the entire thing in lurid yellows, oranges, and greens.
It seems to me that, today, it is an indisputable fact that discipline has become a very dirty word, and we, as a nation, are consequently breeding a society of ill bred, ill behaved children, where thuggishness is not only permitted, but almost encouraged by this outrageous attitude.
For them, Ahmedinejad's thuggishness represents not the ideals of the Islamic Revolution but its perversion.
One vignette of this momentum-free movie unwittingly exemplifies the female cluelessness that has made Britain's schools a dystopia of juvenile male thuggishness.
Likewise, the tricky tone of good will remains smooth, except in an off-putting sequence whose flashy editing appears to equate the thuggishness of some village boys--the proverbial few bad apples--to scarcely defined Sri Lankan religious practice.
Though Mr Kaufmann never shies away from the dark side of Orangeism, including details of intimidation and other unpalatable acts of thuggishness, he also stresses the extent to which the Order was a potent force for restraint throughout 'The Troubles', even when its members were targeted by the IRA.