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Raggedness   Listen

A texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven.  Synonym: roughness.
Shabbiness by virtue of being in rags.

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"Raggedness" Quotes from Famous Books

... advantage. It needs no capital or tools, and a strong pair of legs and a knife are all that its followers really want. Perhaps it is on this account that the groundsel and chick-weed sellers are all very poor, and the raggedness of some is pitiable in the extreme, as the picture shows. Their shoes are shockingly dilapidated, owing to their long daily marches into the country, and the rest of their clothes are nearly ...
— St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 • Various

... was freshly dressed and powdered with blue mica, wearing her little cape of fur and the necklace of large blue beads, stepped from the screen of bush behind which she had hidden. With her, and holding her hand, came Suzanne, who covered the raggedness of her clothes beneath a splendid kaross of leopards' skins that Sigwe had given her, down which her dark hair flowed almost to her knee. A strange pair they made, the tall Suzanne in the first bloom of her white beauty which had suffered nothing ...
— Swallow • H. Rider Haggard

... about one another, and stab with words, and no one resents it. Is the power to hate to the death fading out? and are we the better for this? It may be so. Think of the weary months in jail, of starvation, insult, and the miseries of cold, raggedness, filth, and fever. Think, too, of my father set against me, of the Mischianza business,—but for that I blame him not,—and, last, of his involving me in the vile net of Arnold's treason. I could as soon forgive a snake that had bit ...
— Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker • S. Weir Mitchell

... Versailles, their great number, sallow faces and squalid appearance indicating widespread wretchedness and want. Their appeal for royal assistance is plainly written, in "legible hieroglyphics in their winged raggedness." The young king appears on the balcony and they are permitted to see his face. If he does not read their written appeal, he sees it in their pitiable condition. The response of the king is an order, that two of them be hanged. The rest are sent back to their ...
— The Choctaw Freedmen - and The Story of Oak Hill Industrial Academy • Robert Elliott Flickinger

Words linked to "Raggedness" :   tweediness, harshness, thorniness, granularity, coarseness, nubbiness, burl, bumpiness, shabbiness, manginess, ragged, spininess, abrasiveness, sleaziness, seediness, scaliness, prickliness, graininess, scratchiness, knot, bristliness, texture, slub, shagginess, smoothness

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