Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a ruthless manner; without pity; cruelly; barbarously.

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  • adverb In a ruthless manner; with cruelty; without pity or compassion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a ruthless manner

Etymologies

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From ruthless +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • Of course, it is ruthlessly ignored (CAN something be * ruthlessly* ignored?) by the mainstream media.

    Catholic Church Conservation

  • Spitzer made his name ruthlessly chasing down corruption on Wall Street, the heart of New York power.

    CNN Transcript Mar 11, 2008

  • Here's a very short excerpt via IowaNiceGuy (be sure to click and read the whole thing, it's fabulous!): Most Iraqis, I am told, believe that they are "better off" becoming violently ill from drinking filthy water while dodging bullets under the elusive promise of shifting democracy and inevitable specter of bloody civil war than they were being victimized by the clean water and electricity Saddam Hussein ruthlessly used to curry favor.

    09/27/2004

  • The two Japanese students were pleased when our friend added that the Chinese had stolen their vaunted culture directly and ruthlessly from the Japanese.

    Pound in Rapallo

  • But Hunter had many things to attend to; he broke in ruthlessly on the doctor's amazement.

    The Window at the White Cat

  • And the good-natured, but misguided woman, suiting the action to the word, seized upon poor Marjorie's artistic decorations and swept them ruthlessly from the table, planting her huge, ungainly ornament triumphantly in their place.

    Three Girls in a Flat

  • (Watkins was four years ahead of Monty Python, and decades ahead of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, in ruthlessly mocking gasbagish expert commentary — only he didn’t think it was quite so hilarious.)

    He Saw It Coming

  • (Watkins was four years ahead of Monty Python, and decades ahead of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, in ruthlessly mocking gasbagish expert commentary — only he didn’t think it was quite so hilarious.)

    He Saw It Coming

  • The risk of a misstep was great, for the address would be heard coast to coast by a radio audience in the millions, its every word ruthlessly parsed by politicians of both parties for its possible impact on the coming campaign.

    Colossus

  • The risk of a misstep was great, for the address would be heard coast to coast by a radio audience in the millions, its every word ruthlessly parsed by politicians of both parties for its possible impact on the coming campaign.

    Colossus

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