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Examples of ruthless in a Sentence
The journalist was ruthless in his criticism.
an office supervisor with a ruthless disregard for others' feelings
Recent Examples of ruthless from the Web
Your player character gets to be known as kind or ruthless—a friend to the pirate nation here or a foe to that cult there.
The military drama, which will premiere on Memorial Day, will feature Munn, who stars as ruthless and unapologetic CIA officer Gina Cline who isn’t afraid to dig her boots on the ground for her country’s victory.
But the sideline Dads quickly assessed that the rest of her squad wasn’t a threat to our steady and ruthless daughters.
Not much to report game-wise yet, but there’s a ruthless heckler in attendance tonight.
Newgarden delivered two of the most astonishing passes of 2017, both against Penske teammates, ruthless in their timing and precision.
In a country torn by war, Macbeth and his steadfast wife execute a ruthless plan that launches a string of murders.
Joking about the Zetas, the ruthless criminal organization that lurks just across the Rio Grande, is always a bad idea in Eagle Pass.
In any other week, the climax of this week’s Dolores storyline—which sees her capture and reprogram Teddy to change him from an aw-shucks white-hat to a ruthless badass—would be the biggest event in the episode.
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What's the Difference Between ruthless and ruthful
Ruthless can be defined as "without ruth" or "having no ruth." So what, then, is ruth? The noun ruth, which is now considerably less common than ruthless, means "compassion for the misery of another," "sorrow for one's own faults," or "remorse." And, just as it is possible for one to be without ruth, it is also possible to be full of ruth. The antonym of ruthless is ruthful, meaning "full of ruth" or "tender." Ruthful can also mean "full of sorrow" or "causing sorrow." Ruth can be traced back to the Middle English noun ruthe, itself from ruen, meaning "to rue" or "to feel regret, remorse, or sorrow."
callous, case-hardened, cold-blooded, compassionless, desensitized, hard, hard-boiled, hard-hearted, heartless, indurate, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, insensitive, ironhearted, merciless, obdurate, pitiless, remorseless, soulless, stony (also stoney), take-no-prisoners, thick-skinned, uncharitable, unfeeling, unmerciful, unsparing, unsympathetic;
RUTHLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruthless for English Language Learners
: having no pity : cruel or merciless
RUTHLESS Defined for Kids
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