Definition of ruthless in English:



  • Having or showing no pity or compassion for others.

    ‘a ruthless manipulator’
    • ‘Bingham had a reputation for personal bravery but was also ruthless and harsh.’
    • ‘You are being so bloodthirsty, so ruthless, and you are much too strong for your age and training.’
    • ‘It is hard to believe that this young female is a ruthless killer against whom we would not stand a chance.’
    • ‘Both of these ladies bided their time and proved to be quite calculating and ruthless.’
    • ‘Not that people had much choice in the matter - bandits were ruthless and bloodthirsty.’
    • ‘During some of the largest emergencies of recent years ruthless local forces exploited aid as a tool of war.’
    • ‘They are ruthless; murder is such a profession to them that they almost seem like a force of nature.’
    • ‘Every indication is that he remained ruthless in his treatment of men and women alike.’
    • ‘The tale of one ruthless military man getting away with murder is probably the story that has sickened me most.’
    • ‘As a manager he could be inspirational in making a player's career and ruthless in terminating one.’
    • ‘So many of our prisoners have lost members of their family to his ruthless practices.’
    • ‘Mr and Mrs Hobbs endured a terrible ordeal at the hands of this ruthless gang and have now had to relive it all twice in court.’
    • ‘Even at this young age, though, he was characteristically ruthless with himself.’
    • ‘Still, Gutfeld knows that it can be a ruthless world for editors who deviate too far from what is expected.’
    • ‘A seemingly impregnable and utterly ruthless regime fell to pieces in a few hours.’
    • ‘The vole population has been reduced by mink, a ruthless predator which has escaped from fur farms.’
    • ‘The association has promised that it will be ruthless with anyone who spoils the quality of life of others.’
    • ‘Characters who do achieve godlike powers are subjected to ruthless scrutiny.’
    • ‘Arrogant, cold, aloof and ruthless, these are not qualities that inspire you to meet the man.’
    • ‘He is known as a fierce and ruthless executive within his film production company, CWP.’
    merciless, pitiless, cruel, heartless, hard-hearted, hard, stony-hearted, stony, with a heart of stone, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, harsh, callous, severe, unmerciful, unrelenting, unsparing, unforgiving, unfeeling, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable, lacking compassion
    relentless, remorseless, unbending, inflexible, inexorable, implacable, unpitying, unremitting, steely
    brutal, inhuman, inhumane, barbarous, barbaric, savage, bloodthirsty, sadistic, vicious, fierce, ferocious, cut-throat, dog-eat-dog
    inclement, fell
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Middle English: from ruth + -less.