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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
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.
Soon, multiple Xia Tians are in the same universe, all working toward the same goal against a ruthless enemy who will do anything to steal the work of Nexus.
The United States has never had a Senate leader as ruthless, as willing to bend, distort and break the rules, traditions and precedents of the Senate as Mitch McConnell.
That at some point during the prodigious rise of his hot tech start-up he would be obliged to make a terrifyingly ruthless decision.
The investigation will pull that apart with extreme diligence, and accountability will be swift and ruthless.
Were these early leaders of China trying to build a new state, based on their ruthless strength?
May’s party is famously ruthless with leaders perceived to have failed.
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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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