1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin''s roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

2. unjustly domineering; "incensed at the government''s heavy-handed economic economic policies"; "a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition"

3. (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping

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