from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to Ruthenia, the Ruthenians, or their language or culture.
- noun A native or inhabitant of Ruthenia.
- noun The variety of Ukrainian used by the Ruthenians.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to the Ruthenians.
- noun A member of that part of the Little Russian race dwelling in the eastern part of the Austrian empire. Also called
Russniak. See Little Russian, under Russian.
- noun The language spoken by the Ruthenians: same as
Little Russian. See Russian.
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- noun A native or inhabitant of
- proper noun Any of various
languageshistorically spoken in Ruthenia.
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It is these people as a whole who are comprehended under the term Ruthenian, although that term applies strictly to those speaking Russian and using the Russian alphabet.
Fedkovich found that his writings had a wide popularity, and he soon made the acquaintance of some well-known patriots who encouraged him to write in Ruthenian, for up till then he had been composing in German.
In 1861 his first sixteen poems were printed in Ruthenian, and a year later a larger edition of his works was published.
The name Ruthenian (Rutheni) is found for the first time in the old
For this reason the word Ruthenian has been generally used to indicate those of the race who are Catholics, and Little Russian those who are Greek Orthodox, although the terms are usually considered as fairly interchangeable.
Russians who joined the union under the Polish kings received the same name, and the word Ruthenian is to-day used exclusively to designate the Russians of Austro-Hungary, who are Greek Catholics in contradistinction to the Russians of the Russian Empire, who are of the Greek Orthodox faith.
The word Ruthenian is derived from the later Latin Ruthenia, the former name for Russia, and of course the Ruthenians might well be called Russians.
The number of church or parochial schools of the Ruthenians is about fifty, where instruction in English, Ruthenian, church catechism, and the elements of a general education is given.
AMERICA, under subtitle Ruthenian Greek Catholics), where they encounter them as obstacles to racial progress.
The Holy See, therefore, made use of the ancient word Ruthenian to designate those Russians who followed the