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  1. American professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married and Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the great-grandmother of King David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Sorrow for the misery of another; pity; tenderness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. That which causes pity or compassion; misery; distress; a pitiful sight. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Pity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Sorrow; pity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Mercy; pity; tenderness; misery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Pitifulness; sorrow; regret; mercy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. drunk; satisfied biblestudytools.com
  14. (a female friend ) a Moabitish woman, the wife, first of Mahlon, second of Boaz, the ancestress of David and Christ,and one of the four women who are named by St. Matthew in the genealogy of Christ. A severe famine in the land of Judah induced Elimelech, a native of Bethlehem --ephratah, to emigrate into the land of Moab, with his wife Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. This was probably about the time of Gideon, B.C. 1250. At the end of ten years Naomi now left a widow and childless, having heard that there was plenty again in Judah, resolved to return to Bethlehem, and her daughter-in-law Ruth returned with her. They arrived at Bethlehem just at the beginning of barley harvest, and Ruth, going out to glean, chanced to go into the field of wheat, a wealthy man and a near kinsman of her father-in-law, Elimelech. Upon learning who the stranger was, Boaz treated her with the utmost kindness and respect, and sent her home laden with corn which she had gleaned. Encouraged by this incident, Naomi instructed Ruth to claim at the hand of Boaz that he should perform the part of her husbands near kinsman, by purchasing the inheritance of Elimelech and taking her to be his wife. With all due solemnity, Boaz took Ruth to be his wife, amidst the blessings and congratulations of their neighbors. Their son, Obed, was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David. biblestudytools.com
  15. a friend, a Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, whose father, Elimelech, had settled in the land of Moab. On the death of Elimelech and Mahlon, Naomi came with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who refused to leave her, to Bethlehem, the old home from which Elimelech had migrated. There she had a rich relative, Boaz, to whom Ruth was eventually married. She became the mother of Obed, the grandfather of David. Thus Ruth, a Gentile, is among the maternal progenitors of our Lord ( Matthew 1:5 ). The story of "the gleaner Ruth illustrates the friendly relations between the good Boaz and his reapers, the Jewish land system, the method of transferring property from one person to another, the working of the Mosaic law for the relief of distressed and ruined families; but, above all, handing down the unselfishness, the brave love, the unshaken trustfulness of her who, though not of the chosen race, was, like the Canaanitess Tamar ( Genesis 38:29 ; Matthew 1:3 ) and the Canaanitess Rahab ( Matthew 1:5 ), privileged to become the ancestress of David, and so of 'great David's greater Son'" ( Ruth 4:18-22 ). biblestudytools.com
  16. r[=oo]th, n. pity, tenderness, sorrow: cruelty.--adj. RUTH'FUL, pitiful, sorrowful: piteous, causing pity.--adv. RUTH'FULLY, in a sorrowful manner.--adj. RUTH'LESS, without pity: insensible to misery: cruel.--adv. RUTH'LESSLY.--n. RUTH'LESSNESS. [M. E. ruthe, reuth--Scand.; Ice. hryggth, hrygth, sorrow.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. (archaic). Pity, compassion. Hence (mod.) ruthless a., ruthlessly adv., ruthlessness n. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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