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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
Benteke only touched the ball a total of four times in the final third against Spurs, and only once in the opposition's box, and Shearer was ruthless in his post match evaluation.
The ruthless move would’ve been to sell off after the parade, when the players carried the most value.
One’s for sale, and its lineage features a couple of notable owners during the first couple of decades of its life, both of whom were notoriously ruthless businessmen in very different fields.
Overall, McConaughey and Gilliam want to show that businesses don't have to be ruthless to be successful.
Even more amusingly, after giving him a kiss having just missed a chance last week, Guardiola showed his ruthless side, instantly dragging the 23-year-old off the pitch following the horror miss.
Some of the rebels objected to his business-friendly policies; others complained of his ruthless marginalisation of the party’s old guard, including the night’s main speaker, Pier Luigi Bersani, who led the PD until 2013.
What happens when a company defined by utterly ruthless efficiency sets its sights on the flabbiest part of the U.S. economy?
Instead, the focus will be on what works, with the ruthless willingness of the business world to ignore naysayers.
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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
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;
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