ruthless

[ rooth-lis ]
/ ˈruθ lɪs /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. rutherford, ernest,
  2. rutherford, joseph franklin,
  3. rutherfordium,
  4. ruthful,
  5. ruthfully,
  6. ruthlessly,
  7. rutidosis,
  8. rutilant,
  9. rutilated,
  10. rutile

Origin of ruthless

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

Related formsruth·less·ly, adverbruth·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

See cruel.

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British Dictionary definitions for ruthless

ruthless

/ (ˈruːθlɪs) /

adjective

feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
Derived Formsruthlessly, adverbruthlessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for ruthless

ruthless

adj.

early 14c., from reuthe "pity, compassion" (see ruth) + -less. Ruthful (early 13c.) has fallen from use since late 17c. except as a deliberate archaism. Related: Ruthlessly; ruthlessness.

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