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[rooth-lis] /ˈruθ lɪs/
without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless:
a ruthless tyrant.
Origin of ruthless
1300-50; Middle English; see ruth, -less
Related forms
ruthlessly, adverb
ruthlessness, noun
unrelenting, adamant, relentless. See cruel. Unabridged
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  • We are supposed to neither cling ruthlessly to the old, nor jump carelessly to the new.
  • Prodigious as were his royalties, his mode of life consumed them ruthlessly.
  • More and more, they were pure meritocrats trained to look ruthlessly for efficiency everywhere.
  • The peak moment was when you read from your book to prove the atrocious misquotation that's been ruthlessly used against you.
  • Answer: because the science selection process ruthlessly weeds-out interesting and imaginative people.
  • In these, the fabric of spacetime has to be ruthlessly twisted in a way that allows the time travel to occur.
  • As when he went to look up the word in the dictionary, he has a need not only to be precise but to be right-ruthlessly right.
  • Even his own years were elusive, time ruthlessly thinning out the once-dense herd of his memories.
  • The company has come up with a ruthlessly efficient way to churn out stories it knows will be profitable online.
  • These shortcomings have been ruthlessly laid bare by the euro crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for ruthlessly


feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
Derived Forms
ruthlessly, adverb
ruthlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ruthlessly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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