ruthless

[rooth-lis]
adjective
without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless: a ruthless tyrant.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see ruth, -less

ruthlessly, adverb
ruthlessness, noun


unrelenting, adamant, relentless. See cruel.
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ruthless (ˈruːθlɪs)
 
adj
feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
 
'ruthlessly
 
adv
 
'ruthlessness
 
n

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ruthless
early 14c., from reuthe "pity, compassion" (late 12c.), formed from reuwen "to rue" (see rue (v.)) on the model of true/truth, etc. Ruthful (early 13c.) has fallen from use since late 17c. except as a deliberate archaism.
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Example sentences
The ruthlessness of the current academic job system tends to enforce conformity.
Systemic factors may have selected these individuals for ruthlessness.
The point is not to prohibit the personal, but to examine it with utter
  ruthlessness.
That's ruthlessness, that's true mean ole style imperialism.
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