Word of the DayThursday, June 10, 2010
\ROOTH\ , noun;
Compassion or pity for another.
Sorrow or misery about one's own misdeeds or flaws.
In the Bible, a Moabite woman who married Boaz and became an ancestor of David: the daughter-in-law of Naomi.
Book of the Bible bearing her name.
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
Distinct from the Biblical figure, ruth is a descendent of the Middle English ruthe, from Old Norse hrygdh.
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