Definition of ruthless in English:

ruthless

Syllabification: ruth·less
Pronunciation: /ˈro͞oTHləs
 
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adjective

Having or showing no pity or compassion for others: a ruthless manipulator
More example sentences
  • Not that people had much choice in the matter - bandits were ruthless and bloodthirsty.
  • He is known as a fierce and ruthless executive within his film production company, CWP.
  • You are being so bloodthirsty, so ruthless, and you are much too strong for your age and training.
Synonyms
merciless, pitiless, cruel, heartless, hard-hearted, cold-hearted, cold-blooded, harsh, callous, unmerciful, unforgiving, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable; remorseless, unbending, inflexible, implacable; brutal, inhuman, inhumane, barbarous, barbaric, savage, sadistic, vicious

Origin

Middle English: from ruth + -less.

Derivatives

ruthlessly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Against a returner of Hewitt's class such predictable positioning and lack of pace will be punished ruthlessly.
  • An industry that so ruthlessly fleeces its customers shouldn't be surprised when some bite back.
  • The nerves were very evident in the second set, with critical errors being ruthlessly punished.

ruthlessness

noun
More example sentences
  • The ruthlessness, the cruelty, and the life-denying viciousness of such ideas chill the bones.
  • Furthermore it is, sadly, probable that he was trained to ruthlessness and quite possible that he was a murderer in his own right.
  • It is truly sad to see our political community, with a few noble exceptions, capitulate to this sort of ruthlessness.

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