2. undeveloped, immature, incomplete, imperfect, unprepared; premature, unripe, green, raw, crude; inchoate, natal, fetal, embryonic, unhatched, unfledged; vestigial, abortive. rue, v. 1. repent of, regret bitterly, sorrow about, lament, bewail, deplore, bemoan, weep over, grieve; mourn, pine, fret; repent, be stung by conscience, be contrite over, feel shame over, be heartsick about, be conscience-stricken over; curse the day, Inf. kick oneself, curse one's folly, wish undone, be despondent about.
-n. 2. sorrow, remorse, remorsefulness, regret, regretfulness, contrition, contriteness, shame, shamefulness; lamentation, grief, mournfulness, woe, dole; disquietude, inquietude, pangs or twinge of conscience, voice of conscience; qualms, second thoughts.
3. pity, compassion, tenderness, heart; mercy, grace, sympathy, commiseration, consolation, concern; kindliness, tender-heartedness, loving-kindness; charity, benevolence, beneficence. rueful, adj. 1. pitiable, piteous, deplorable, pathetic; miserable, wretched, abject, squalid, stark, dismal, shabby, mean, low, a sad sight, sad to behold.
2. mournful, doleful, dolorous, grieving, plaintive, lamenting; woebegone, full of woe, lugubrious, repining, melancholy, depressed, despondent, Inf. down in the dumps, Inf. down, cheerless, funereal; regretful, regretting, heartsick, sorry, penitent, repentant, penitential, conscience-stricken, apologetic; humbled, abject, sheepish; self-condemning, self-reproachful, self-accusing, self-castigating, self-debasing; ashamed, shameful, shamefaced, SI. bummed out; sad, disillusioned, sadder but wiser, bitter, chagrined. ruffian, n. 1. thug, tough, Inf. toughie, mugger, rowdy, Inf. plugugly, hoodlum, SI. hood, SI. yap, Inf. goon, hooligan, Chiefly Brit, rough, Inf. roughneck, Inf. baddy, SI. bad actor, SI. gunsel, SI. mug, Australian SI. larrikin, Brit. Hist. Mohock, (in Paris) apache; terrorist, desperado, mafioso, racketeer, mobster, gangster.
2. highwayman, footpad, SI. yegg or yeggman, bandit, Sp. bandolero, outlaw, Southwest U.S. ladrone, Australian, bushranger, bravo, brigand; picaroon, rogue, (in India and Burma) dacoit.
3. pirate, rover, viking, corsair, buccaneer, privateer; freebooter, rapparee, (in the Scottish Highlands) cater-an; pillager, plunderer, marauder, despoiler, depredator; ransacker, sacker, looter, rifler, forager, raider.
4. brute, bully, brawler, barbarian; savage, vandal, yahoo, SI. ugly customer; scoundrel, knave, wretch, blackguard, villain, hellhound, fiend, Archaic, caitiff; rascal, rapscallion, scamp. ruffle, v. 1. gather, pucker, plait, shirr, full, rim-ple, crimp, crisp, smock, flounce.
2. ripple, roil, roughen, stir up, undulate; curl, crumple, crinkle, cockle, crease, fold, ruck; dimple, wimple, corrugate, Inf. scrunch up, Inf. squish together.
3. disarrange, disorder, derange, rumple, dishevel, entangle, jumble; run the fingers through, Inf. tousle, Inf. muss or muss up, Inf. mess or mess up; shuffle, riffle, mix up, intermix.
4. annoy, irritate, ruff, exasperate, raise one's dander, madden, get under one's skin, get in one's hair, get on one's nerves; disturb, agitate, upset, unsettle, rattle; disconcert, fluster, chagrin, embarrass, abash, discomfit, confuse, throw into confusion, perturb, stir; rile, disquiet, discompose, Inf shake up; trouble, fret, pique, nettle, gall, chafe; torment, harass, plague, worry.
-n. 5. crimping, tucking, gathering, edging, trim, fillet, frill; jabot, ruche, ruching, flounce, ruff, wimple.
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