• Ruth


    • Rhymes: -uːθ
    • IPA: /ɹuːθ/


    Middle English ruthe, reowthe, corresponding to rue + -th, perhaps after early Scandinavian (compare Old Norse hrygð, hryggð ("ruth, sorrow")). Compare rue.

    Full definition of ruth



    1. (archaic) Sorrow for the misery of another; pity, compassion; mercy. from 13th c.
      • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.11:It was my fortune to be at Rome, upon a day that one Catena, a notorious high-way theefe, was executed: at his strangling no man of the companie seemed to be mooved to any ruth ....
      • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter IV, 1859, New York, Harper & Brothers, page 14:under her light eyebrows glimmered an eye devoid of ruth ....
      • 2011, Turisas (Mathias Nygård), "Hunting Pirates"Scum they are! —Foe of mankind!Clear the sea! —Show no ruth!
    2. (now rare) Repentance; regret; remorse. from 13th c.
    3. (obsolete) Sorrow; misery; distress. 13th-17th c.
    4. (obsolete) Something which causes regret or sorrow; a pitiful sight. 13th-17th c.

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