There are 2 definitions of ruth in English:


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Pronunciation: /ruːθ


[mass noun] archaic
A feeling of pity, distress, or grief.
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  • The young men, fiery savage children of a gentle civilized mother, slew with neither ruth nor pity.
  • Her honesty is never ruthless in the strict sense of the word; there is ruth, or mercy, even for the worst.
  • But when it comes to making personnel decisions, Johnson is legendarily ruthless; not an ounce of ruth in him.


Middle English: from the verb rue1, probably influenced by Old Norse hrygth.

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There are 2 definitions of ruth in English:


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Pronunciation: /ruːθ
A book of the Bible telling the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman, who married her deceased husband’s kinsman Boaz and bore a son who became grandfather to King David.

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