Antonyms of adj ruffianly

1 sense of ruffianly

Sense 1
ruffianly, tough -- (violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs")

INDIRECT (VIA violent) -> nonviolent -- (abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence)

Similarity of adj ruffianly

1 sense of ruffianly

Sense 1
ruffianly, tough -- (violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs")
       => violent (vs. nonviolent) -- (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike")

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