without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless: a ruthless tyrant.
- ruth·less·ly, adverb
- ruth·less·ness, noun
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How to use ruthless in a sentence
Simon Russell Beale is completely engaging as the gleeful and ruthless Beria, head of the secret police, and Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin are delightful as clueless members of the Council of Ministers with its ineffectual but deadly bureaucracy.
We are each members of chapters of national organizations dedicated to fighting the ruthless capitalist drive to rob people and planet of the resources we need to live better, healthier and happier.The Franchise Agreement Ending Offers San Diego a Chance for a Fresh Start | Amanda Moser and Shauna McKenna | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Already so emblematic of the ruthless dynamics that have transformed the American economy, Kenosha now finds itself at the center of the racial and social tensions that have dominated the national conversation in 2020.Kenosha’s unusual economic evolution made it the perfect political flashpoint | reymashayekhi | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
While an extreme example, the recent Kraft-Heinz review is emblematic of how ruthless advertisers are prepared to be in pursuit of cost efficiencies needed to maintain margins on media.‘It’s more transformational’: For the third time in five years, advertisers will launch a mediapalooza of account reviews | Seb Joseph | September 2, 2020 | Digiday
After the war, Kuwait demanded that Saddam Hussein — known as a ruthless tyrant who had gassed his own people — pay back his war debt.
His stories were constructed with ruthless narrative efficiency.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World? | Ted Gioia | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To be fair, he might not have known that Pinochet was a ruthless dictator.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else | Allen Barra | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have drawn some ruthless criticism from Jews around the world.
So it continues to make local authorities and their ruthless cronies uneasy.
I was not prepared for the staggered, ruthless falling apart of one of the people I love most in the world.
This demand was made with scornful seriousness; with a ruthless application to the feelings of a son.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
In the procession I should feel the crushing feet, the clashing discords, the ruthless hands and stifling breath.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
This ruthless destruction of the forest brings down upon Calendau the anger of his lady; he has dishonored the noble mountain.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
There was not one nook or cranny into which that ruthless self-knowledge could not throw its cruel glare.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
The little camp had ceased to exist; the great, ruthless, calm forest had reclaimed its own.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for ruthless
feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
- ruthlessly, adverb
- ruthlessness, noun
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