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Thursday, June 10, 2010

ruth

\ROOTH\ , noun;
1.
Compassion or pity for another.
2.
Sorrow or misery about one's own misdeeds or flaws.
3.
In the Bible, a Moabite woman who married Boaz and became an ancestor of David: the daughter-in-law of Naomi.
4.
Book of the Bible bearing her name.
5.
A female given name.
Quotes:
Even when she had been loudest in denouncing Ayala's mutiny, her heart had melted in ruth because Ayala had been so unhappy.
-- Anthony Trollope, Ayala's Angel
And speak me no soft words in ruth or pity, but tell me plainly how thou didst get sight of him.
-- Homer, The Odyssey
Origin:
Distinct from the Biblical figure, ruth is a descendent of the Middle English ruthe, from Old Norse hrygdh.
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