ruthless

[ rooth-lis ]
/ ˈruθ lɪs /

adjective

without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless: a ruthless tyrant.

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Origin of ruthless

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ruth, -less

synonym study for ruthless

See cruel.

OTHER WORDS FROM ruthless

ruth·less·ly, adverbruth·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ruthless

ruthless
/ (ˈruːθlɪs) /

adjective

feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted

Derived forms of ruthless

ruthlessly, adverbruthlessness, noun
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