- pity or compassion.
- sorrow or grief.
- self-reproach; contrition; remorse.
Origin of ruth
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- a Moabite woman who married Boaz and became an ancestor of David: the daughter-in-law of Naomi.
- a book of the Bible bearing her name.
- a female given name.
- George HermanBabe, 1895–1948, U.S. baseball player.
Examples from the Web for ruth
Ruth Shady isn't my anything; she is her own, completely original force in archaeology.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Rivers, it had emerged, had told them she was Ruth Madoff in disguise, and not to speak to her or approach her when she walked in.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
The Kids Who Beat Autism Ruth Padawer, The New York Times Magazine At first, everything about L.'s baby boy seemed normal.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 3, 2014
The Daily Beast
August 3, 2014
The third group came in the 1930s because of Adolf Hitler: Anni Albers, Ruth Adler Schnee, Marcel Breuer.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
He was probably the biggest sporting hero of the decade—more popular at his peak than even Babe Ruth.When New York City Hit Its Stride
July 17, 2014
There was something about Mary that reminded one of Ruth Denton, she decided.
"What a pity Ruth Denton couldn't have had such a chance," mused Elfreda.
He is a wondrous large and strong man, with no ruth for man, woman, or beast.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
T was the fust chapter in Ruth, where it begins, 'In the days when the judges ruled.'Tiverton Tales
She was gone now; and Ruth and he were left to walk away, and wonder.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- pity; compassion
- repentance; remorse
- grief or distress
- Old Testament
- a Moabite woman, who left her own people to remain with her mother-in-law Naomi, and became the wife of Boaz; an ancestress of David
- the book in which these events are recounted
- George Herman, nicknamed Babe . 1895–1948, US professional baseball player from 1914 to 1935
Word Origin and History for ruth
fem. proper name, biblical ancestor of David, from Hebrew Ruth, probably a contraction of reuth "companion, friend, fellow woman."
"sorrow for the misery of another; repentance, regret," c.1200, ruthe, from Old Norse hryggð "ruth, sorrow," from hryggr "sorrowful, grieved" (see rue (v.)) + Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Or else formed in English from reuwen "to rue" on the model of true/truth, etc. The Old English word was rue (n.2).
The great-grandmother of King David, known for her kindness and faithfulness. Not an Israelite herself, she married an Israelite who had come to her country with his family. Ruth's husband died, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, set out to return to the country of the Israelites. Ruth insisted on accompanying Naomi, saying, “ Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” In the country of the Israelites, Ruth married Boaz, a rich relative of her dead husband; Boaz had been attracted to Ruth by her generosity. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.