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
Swift “is a ruthless, publicly capitalist pop star,” concluded Gawker in an article headlined “Taylor Swift Is Not Your Friend.”
The other obvious upshot of this mechanic is that it can tame some of the more ruthless would-be competitors and encourage them to play nice.
You might know Rotimi as the actor who played the hard and ruthless character Dre from the hit Starz show Power.Rotimi And Girlfriend Vanessa Mdee’s Love Story Began At Essence Festival | Jasmine Grant | December 3, 2020 | Essence.com
“A Heart of Blood and Ashes” and “A Touch of Stone and Snow” Warrior Maddek captures Yvenne, physically weak but intellectually ruthless, and their resulting political marriage allows both of them the most bloodthirsty revenge.
Win at All Costs is, in effect, a 350-page polemic which argues that the NOP’s transgressions are consistent with a ruthless Nike ethos where the ends always justify the means.
Dickens grew up in a London where child labor was ruthlessly exploited.
She entered into the marriage, but was ruthlessly beaten by her in-laws and her husband.
And yet, while most of us basked in these literary offerings, less generous critics ruthlessly savaged these works.
“Ruthlessly negative about Washington,” is how pollster Neil Newhouse summed up the attitudes of these women.
There, he ruthlessly kills off the small critters of the surrounding wilderness.
This was a hard nut to crack, if his past were not to be ruthlessly severed from Angel's by a word.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
But before he could proceed any further the little French Judge ruthlessly cut him short.Uncanny Tales | Various
You have heard his name—Richard of the Great Cimeter—a terrible emir who slays his captives ruthlessly.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Now he half expected to be ruthlessly mind-invaded, stripped of everything the enemy desired to know.Star Born | Andre Norton
She must yield at once, or the law would proceed against her ruthlessly.A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
British Dictionary definitions for ruthless
feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
- ruthlessly, adverb
- ruthlessness, noun
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