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- n. The property of being ruthless
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being ruthless; want of compassion; mercilessness; insensibility to the distresses of others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity
- n. feelings of extreme heartlessness
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The predatory, primordial ruthlessness is hard to best and I still find it convincingly terrifying.
The ruthlessness is obvious - and will probably be lauded by his most devoted supporters.
Whilst he was at it, he exhibited a certain ruthlessness, not to say disdain for free speech, in suspending his NUS Vice President, one Clive Lewis, for daring to come out in support of free education.
He hates humans, and you find out why and you get a taste of his obsessiveness and ruthlessness from the book.
Second, "total ruthlessness" is hardly the optimal strategy to win a war.
Once merit is removed from a society, as the basis for elevation, than the only quality that differentiates one from the masses is ruthlessness, which is how you get leaders like, Stalin, Mao, Kim Jung Il and Castro.
It implies physicality and a certain ruthlessness.
Indeed his ruthlessness is a match for that of Kontarsky, the more remarkable because he is a civilian.
Obama also reiterated his recent argument that any government that treats its own citizens "with that kind of ruthlessness and violence" has moved outside of "international norms" that are important to uphold.
"Traits that may be desirable in a corporate context, such as ruthlessness, lack of social conscience, and single-minded devotion to success, may be considered psychopathic outside of it."
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