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Rogue vs. Rouge: Know the Difference

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Rogue refers to a dishonest or unprincipled person, while rouge is a red powder or cream used as makeup for coloring the cheeks or lips.
Rogue vs. Rouge

Key Differences

Rogue is used to describe an individual who is untrustworthy or mischievous, often in a playful or mildly disapproving way. Rouge, on the other hand, is a cosmetic product, traditionally red, used for adding color to the cheeks or lips.
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The term rogue is often associated with characters in literature and real life who are rebellious or outside societal norms. Rouge is primarily associated with beauty and fashion, symbolizing a tool for enhancing facial features.
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Historically, rogue has been used to label outlaws or charmingly unscrupulous characters. Rouge has been in use since ancient times as a cosmetic, evolving in form and cultural significance.
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Rogue can be used both literally to refer to a deceitful person and figuratively to describe an object or animal behaving unpredictably. Rouge is used literally in the context of makeup and has very few figurative applications.
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Rogue can carry a range of tones from admiration for nonconformity to criticism for lack of ethics. Rouge, culturally, has been a marker of social and fashion trends, often associated with notions of beauty and femininity.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A dishonest or unprincipled person
A red cosmetic for coloring cheeks or lips
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Usage

Describes people or behavior
Describes a makeup product
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Historical Context

Often linked with outlaws or charming villains
Used since ancient times for cosmetic purposes
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Literal vs. Figurative

Both literal and figurative uses
Primarily literal use
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Cultural Connotation

Varies from negative to playfully positive
Associated with beauty and fashion
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Rogue and Rouge Definitions

Rogue

A dishonest or unscrupulous person.
The charming rogue won over the crowd with his wit.
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Rouge

A red cosmetic for applying to the cheeks or lips.
She applied rouge to give her cheeks a rosy glow.
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Rogue

Someone who defies conventional behavior.
She admired the rogue spirit of the independent filmmaker.
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Rouge

A substance used for adding color to the face.
For the photoshoot, the makeup artist used rouge for a classic look.
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Rogue

A playfully mischievous person.
The young rogue played pranks on his neighbors.
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Rouge

A powdered or cream-based makeup product.
The actor’s makeup kit contained a bright shade of rouge.
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Rogue

An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
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Rouge

A red or pink cosmetic for coloring the cheeks or lips.
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Rogue

One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
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Rouge

A reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used to polish metals or glass.
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Rogue

A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
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Rouge

To put rouge onto
Rouged her cheeks.
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Rogue

A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
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Rouge

To color or prettify as if with a facial cosmetic
"Their job is to rouge up the war ... to turn the horror into cheering press releases" (Richard Corliss).
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Rogue

An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
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Rouge

To use rouge.
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Rogue

Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
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Rouge

Of a reddish pink colour.
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Rogue

Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable
Rogue tornado.
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Rouge

Red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.
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Rogue

Operating outside normal or desirable controls
"How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?" (Saul Hansell).
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Rouge

Any reddish pink colour.
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Rogue

To remove (diseased or abnormal specimens) from a group of plants of the same variety.
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Rouge

(Canadian football) A single point awarded when a team kicks the ball out of its opponent's end zone, or when a kicked ball becomes dead within the non-kicking team's end zone. Etymology uncertain; it is thought that in the early years of the sport, a red flag indicated that a single had been scored. (This scoring term is not often used in Canada, with the term single being more commonly used.)
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Rogue

To remove diseased or abnormal plants.
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Rouge

(obsolete) In the Eton wall game, a scrummage, melée.
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Rogue

A scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person.
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Rouge

In the Eton College field game, a scoring move accomplished by touching the ball down behind the opponents' goal-line (somewhat similar to the try in rugby). Originally, the player who scored the rouge had a chance to kick a goal, and the rouge was used as a tie-breaker if an equal number of goals was scored by each side. In the contemporary Eton College field game, a five-point score is awarded for kicking the ball so that it deflects off one of the opposing players and goes beyond the opposition's end of the pitch, and then touching the ball.
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Rogue

A mischievous scamp.
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Rouge

(obsolete) From 1862 to 1868, a similar scoring move in Sheffield rules football. From 1862 to 1867, accomplished by touching the ball down after it had been kicked between two "rouge flags" either side of the goal. From 1867-1868, awarded for kicking the ball between the rouge flags and under the crossbar.
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Rogue

A vagrant.
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Rouge

A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide, used in polishing and as a cosmetic; crocus; jeweller's rouge.
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Rogue

(computing) Deceitful software pretending to be anti-spyware, but in fact being malicious software itself.
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Rouge

(ambitransitive) To apply rouge (makeup).
She rouged her face before setting out for the party.
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Rogue

An aggressive animal separate from the herd, especially an elephant.
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Rouge

Red.
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Rogue

A plant that shows some undesirable variation.
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Rouge

A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide. It is used in polishing glass, metal, or gems, and as a cosmetic, etc. Called also crocus, jeweler's rouge, etc.
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Rogue

(role-playing games) A character class focusing on stealthy conduct.
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Rouge

A cosmetic used for giving a red color to the cheeks or lips. The best is prepared from the dried flowers of the safflower, but it is often made from carmine.
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Rogue

(of an animal, especially an elephant) Vicious and solitary.
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Rouge

To paint the face or cheeks with rouge.
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Rogue

(by extension) Large, destructive and unpredictable.
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Rouge

To tint with rouge; as, to rouge the face or the cheeks.
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Rogue

(by extension) Deceitful, unprincipled.
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Rouge

Makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks
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Rogue

Mischievous, unpredictable.
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Rouge

Redden by applying rouge to;
She rouged her cheeks
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Rogue

(horticulture) To cull; to destroy plants not meeting a required standard, especially when saving seed, rogue or unwanted plants are removed before pollination.
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Rouge

A cosmetic used in beauty routines.
Her morning routine included applying rouge for a natural flush.
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Rogue

To cheat.
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Rouge

A traditional beauty product for enhancing facial features.
The historical portrait depicted women with rouge on their cheeks.
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Rogue

(obsolete) To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry.
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Rogue

To wander; to play the vagabond; to play knavish tricks.
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Rogue

A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.
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Rogue

A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.
The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wise.
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Rogue

One who is pleasantly mischievous or frolicsome; hence, often used as a term of endearment.
Ah, you sweet little rogue, you!
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Rogue

An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone, in which state it is very savage.
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Rogue

A worthless plant occuring among seedlings of some choice variety.
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Rogue

To wander; to play the vagabond; to play knavish tricks.
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Rogue

To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry.
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Rogue

To destroy (plants that do not come up to a required standard).
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Rogue

A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
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Rogue

An animal or thing behaving unpredictably.
The rogue wave caught the sailors by surprise.
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Rogue

A person or thing that is aberrant or unpredictable.
In the data set, one rogue value skewed the results.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can rogue refer to an animal?

Yes, it can describe an animal with unpredictable behavior.
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Is rogue always negative?

Not necessarily; it can have a playful or admiring tone depending on context.
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How has the use of rouge evolved?

It has evolved in composition and cultural significance over time.
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Are rogues common in literature?

Yes, rogue characters are popular in many literary genres for their complex nature.
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Does rogue have a positive connotation in some cultures?

In some contexts, being a rogue is seen as being charmingly rebellious.
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What is the verb form of "rogue"?

The verb form of "rogue" is "roguish," used to describe someone's behavior as mischievous or deceitful.
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Is rouge used by both men and women?

Historically used more by women, but modern usage sees no gender boundaries.
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Can rouge be of any color other than red?

Traditionally, it's red, but modern rouges come in various shades.
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Can "rouge" be used to color other parts of the body, like nails or hair?

No, "rouge" is specifically designed for the face.
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Is rouge still popular in makeup?

Yes, it remains a staple in cosmetic products.
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Is "rouge" a synonym for "makeup"?

No, "rouge" specifically refers to red or reddish cosmetic products for the face.
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Is "rouge" a commonly used word in contemporary makeup terminology?

While the term "rouge" is still used, it's more common to refer to it as "blush" or "cheek color" in modern makeup.
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Are there different shades of "rouge"?

Yes, "rouge" comes in various shades of red, from light pink to deep red.
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Can "rogue" be used as a verb?

No, "rogue" is primarily a noun or an adjective.
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Can "rouge" be used in non-cosmetic contexts?

Rarely, "rouge" may be used informally to describe something that is red or reddish in color, such as "a rouge sunset."
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Is "rouge" pronounced the same as "rogue"?

No, "rouge" is pronounced as "roozh," while "rogue" is pronounced as "rohg."
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Is "rouge" used more in formal or informal language?

"Rouge" is often used in both formal and informal contexts when referring to cosmetic products.
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Is "rogue" often used in legal contexts?

Yes, it can be used in legal contexts to refer to someone who acts unlawfully or outside established rules.
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Is "rogue" a gender-specific term?

No, "rogue" can be applied to individuals of any gender.
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What's the origin of the word "rouge"?

"Rouge" comes from the French word for "red."
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