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ruthless

[rooth-lis] /ˈruθ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless:
a ruthless tyrant.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see ruth, -less
Related forms
ruthlessly, adverb
ruthlessness, noun
Synonyms
unrelenting, adamant, relentless. See cruel.
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  • His formal manners belong to the nineteenth century, but his artistic ruthlessness and freedom to the twentieth.
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  • Its climax was marked by ruthlessness and callous disregard for human life.
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British Dictionary definitions for ruthlessness

ruthless

/ˈruːθlɪs/
adjective
1.
feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
Derived Forms
ruthlessly, adverb
ruthlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ruthlessness

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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