July 10, 2016
rugged (adjective)
\RUG-ud\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having a rough uneven surface2 : having wrinkles or uneven features3 : having a rough but strong or sturdy character4 : involving hardship : presenting a severe test of physical, mental, or moral strength5 : being strong and tough
How do you use it?
"A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sunburnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life." (Charles Darwin, _The Voyage of the Beagle_)
Are you a word wiz?

As you can see from the definitions above, there are several ways in which to use the word "rugged." Which of the following do you think is a synonym for the first meaning, "having a rough uneven surface"?

We hope today's quiz wasn't too rough! The correct answer is B, "harsh." "Rugged," "harsh," "rough," and "uneven" can all mean not smooth or even. "Rugged" implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel, as in "a rugged landscape." "Harsh" implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch, as in "a harsh fabric that chafes the skin." "Rough" implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface, as in "a rough wooden board." And "uneven" implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality, as in "an old house with uneven floors."
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