Origin of thug
Examples from the Web for thuggish
But the real situation is far more complex than the simple, thuggish gubernatorial action suggests.New York & New Jersey’s Ebola Quarantines Are an Insane Overreaction|Kent Sepkowitz|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women would refuse to go near any man with thuggish associations, for real—barely a thug could expect to get any action.
Unsurprisingly, the thuggish Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was among the first, along with then-apartheid South Africa.
Alexander Litvinenko had angered the Kremlin with repeated claims that Putin was running a thuggish and brutal regime.Brits Investigate Assassination of the Spy Who Warned Us About Putin|Nico Hines|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bridgegate has revealed that the governor is as thuggish and corrupt as he seemed to opponents in 2009.Is This the Beginning of the End for Chris Christie?|Jamelle Bouie|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for thuggish
Word Origin for thug
Word Origin and History for thuggish
1810, "member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims," from Marathi thag, thak "cheat, swindler," Hindi thag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthaga-s "cunning, fraudulent," possibly from sthagayati "(he) covers, conceals," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). Transferred sense of "ruffian, cutthroat" first recorded 1839. The more correct Indian name is phanseegur, and the activity was described in English as far back as c.1665. Rigorously prosecuted by the British from 1831, they were driven from existence, but the process extended over the rest of the 19c.