Definition of rough-hewn in English:

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1Denoting wood or stone that has been cut with a tool such as an axe, so that its surface is not smooth: rough-hewn logs
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  • Dark, rough-hewn wood walls and soft ambient lighting make it quite a cozy spot, and the open kitchen and small bar add to the general atmosphere.
  • The passage gradually narrowed and they were forced to move single file through the rough-hewn stone corridor.
  • All that remained was rough-hewn altar made of stone.
1.1Not sophisticated, polished, or elegant: a rough-hewn cinematic style
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  • The Dutch will just have to make do with rough-hewn success.
  • He was a heartfelt romantic who delivered his message in a rough-hewn vernacular.
  • The working class, especially the immigrant generation, was rough-hewn.
1.2Denoting or possessing attractively strong or bony facial features: his angular, rough-hewn face
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  • Soaring plume prices coupled with a poverty-stricken, rough-hewn populace contributed to a true ‘tragedy of the commons.’
  • Part aristocrat and part rough-hewn soldier, Jackson represented a new kind of politics and a new conception of the presidency.
  • He is teaching the rough-hewn and poor kids of London's East End, in a school that is considered a dead end for both students and teachers.



Pronunciation: /ˌrʌfˈhjuː/

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