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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
Baby Driver R A ruthless crime boss not so subtly convinces a young getaway driver to take on one last job, a bank heist that is destined to fail.
Those hard-core fans of corn tortillas can be ruthless.
Game of Thrones is known for being ruthless with its characters and Season 7 has already seen several fan favorites meet their doom.
But as Greyjoy obsessives know, this is a reference to the book version of Euron Greyjoy, who might be even more ruthless than the one on TV.
Adeyemi's book is centered around Zélie, a 17-year-old who hopes to bring magic back to a land called Orïsha after a ruthless king took it away.
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Also, thanks to having a common enemy in Cersei and the legwork of the ever-canny Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Daenerys can probably count on aid from the remaining Tyrells and the ruthless rulers of Dorne.
Yet of those in China who have called for democracy, resisting the Communist Party’s ruthless efforts to prevent it from ever taking hold, Mr Liu’s name stands out.
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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."
First Known Use of ruthless
Synonymsaffectless, callous, case-hardened, cold-blooded, compassionless, desensitized, hard-boiled, hard-hearted, heartless, indurate, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, insensitive, ironhearted, merciless, obdurate, pachydermatous, pitiless, remorseless, hard, slash-and-burn, soulless, stony (also stoney), stonyhearted, take-no-prisoners, thick-skinned, uncharitable, unfeeling, unmerciful, unsparing, unsympathetic
Antonymscharitable, compassionate, humane, kindhearted, kindly, merciful, sensitive, softhearted, sympathetic, tender, tenderhearted, warm, warmhearted
Related Wordsboorish, heedless, inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring, unfriendly, unloving, unthinking; grim, hard-bitten, harsh, heavy-handed, ironfisted, ironhanded, jackbooted, knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out), oppressive, rough, rough-and-tumble, severe, sledgehammer, stern, tough, ungentle; abusive, acrimonious, disagreeable, hateful, ill-natured, ill-tempered, malevolent, malicious, mean, rancorous, spiteful, surly, virulent; barbarous, bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, evil-minded, savage, vicious; austere, cold, frosty
Near Antonymsbenevolent, benignant, gentle, kind; clement, indulgent, lenient, mild; cordial, friendly, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious; tolerant, understanding; affectionate, fond, loving
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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