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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
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.
Our protagonist doesn’t exactly suffer in comparison with them, but literature is lousy with pleasant, learned men — and either of these brilliant, ruthless, unorthodox women could have carried a book of her own.
This time, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson).
Somehow these ruthless killers must be put out of business, permanently.
The Heat’s Godfather, so ruthless in the moment, is a romantic about yesterday.
This dastardly foe sinks his ruthless teeth into your organization by stealing productivity and squandering opportunity.
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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
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Definition of ruthless for English Language Learners
: having no pity : cruel or merciless
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