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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ruthlessness mean? 

  The noun RUTHLESSNESS has 2 senses:

1. mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity
2. feelings of extreme heartlessness

  Familiarity information: RUTHLESSNESS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1ruthlessness [BACK TO TOP]


Mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


ruthlessness; pitilessness

Hypernyms ("ruthlessness" is a kind of...):

mercilessness; unmercifulness (inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving)

Sense 2ruthlessness [BACK TO TOP]


Feelings of extreme heartlessness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


mercilessness; pitilessness; cruelty; ruthlessness

Hypernyms ("ruthlessness" is a kind of...):

coldheartedness; hardheartedness; heartlessness (an absence of concern for the welfare of others)

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