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[rooth-fuh l]
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  1. compassionate or sorrowful.
  2. causing or apt to cause sorrow or pity.
  3. feeling remorse or self-reproach.
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Origin of ruthful

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at ruth, -ful
Related formsruth·ful·ly, adverbruth·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for ruthful

abject, affecting, afflicted, base, beggarly, cheerless, comfortless, commiserative, compassionate, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, dismal, distressed, distressing, grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending, inadequate, insignificant

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Historical Examples of ruthful

  • Jones stood close at my elbow, with a face as festive now as it was ruthful not long before.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 67, Number 414, April, 1850


British Dictionary definitions for ruthful


  1. archaic full of or causing sorrow or pity
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Derived Formsruthfully, adverbruthfulness, noun
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