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Rudeness, 1) want of good manners, incivility, rusticity: “the r. that hath appeared in me have I learned from my entertainment,” Tw. I, 5, 230. “this r. is a sauce to his good wit,” Caes. I, 2, 304.
2) brutality; abstr. pro concr.: “do, r.; do, camel,” Troil. II, 1, 58.
3) coarseness, want of fineness, clumsiness: “put my clouted brogues from off my feet, whose r. answered my steps too loud,” Cymb. IV, 2, 214.
4) rough violence: “his r. so with his authorized youth did livery falseness in a pride of truth,” Compl. 104. for the great swing and r. of his (the ram's) “poise,” Troil. I, 3, 207.
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