ruthfully

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English rewthfully, equivalent to ruthful +‎ -ly.

Adverb[edit]

ruthfully (comparative more ruthfully, superlative most ruthfully)

  1. (manner) In a manner that is ruthful:
    1. Sorrowfully, ruefully.
    2. In a manner that causes pity; piteously.
      • 1997, Neil W. Hamilton (quoting Owen Lattimore), Zealotry and Academic Freedom, page 313,
        This commonplace observation becomes very poignant when you are the man accused, and a man like McCarthy ruthfully exploits his advantage by making the accusations so sensational that the revelation of the truth seems drab and dull by comparison.
    3. Compassionately; mercifully.
      • 1999, Joseph L. Harsh, Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862, page 285,
        Lee's wait was ruthfully short, although he might have traded the first news that reached him for a return to uncertainty.

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Middle English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ruthfully

  1. Alternative form of rewthfully