proper noun (book of the Bible, Book of Ruth)
- A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
- (biblical character) Ruth the Moabite, around whom the text centers.
- (given name, female, from Hebrew), rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Puritans .
Etymology: From Ruth the Moabite, of uncertain origin, possibly Hebrew "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth by Puritans.
- Dutch, Ruth
- German: Ruth
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Etymology: From rue + -th. Compare Icelandic hrygth.
- (archaic) A feeling of pity, compassion.
- (archaic) remorse, Remorse, misery, distress.
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