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Ruthlessness

Borgia, Cesare
(1476–1507) prototype of Machiavelli’s “Prince”: intelligent and ruthlessly opportunistic. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 59]
Caligula
(12–41) Roman emperor known for terror and cruel autocracy. [Rom. Hist.: NCE, 425]
Ivan the Terrible
(1533–1584) his reign was characterized by murder and terror. [Russ. Hist.: EB, 9: 1179–1180]
Larsen, Wolf
captain of the Ghost; terrorizes his crew. [Am. Lit.: London The Sea Wolf in Magill I, 874]
Nero
(37–68) demented Roman emperor; initiated persecutions against the Christians. [Rom. Hist.: NCE, 1909]
Robespierre, Maximilien Marie Isidore
(1758–1794) architect of the Reign of Terror (1793–1794). [Fr. Hist.: EB, 15: 907–910]
Snopes
family of unscrupulous climbers, horse thieves, lechers, and murderers in Faulkner novels. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 940]
Snopes, Flem
works his way up from obscurity to riches by ruining all his associates and relatives. [Am. Lit.: Wm. Faulkner The Hamlet in Magill II, 398, The Town in Magill III, 1074, and The Mansion in Magill IV, 591]
Vathek
sacrifices children, seduces a betrothed girl, and commits many other crimes to satisfy his desires. [Br. Lit.: Vathek in Magill II, 1095]
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The trip to Plymouth will require another level of ruthlessness if Caldy are to come away with victory.
Since 2011, Nigeria has been reportedly working with the US government and the CIA to put a stop to Boko Haram but the group still continues to thrive and exhibit its ruthlessness.
This is a new crop of players who can mount a challenge but we must show ruthlessness when on top.
As a loyal lieutenant of Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville can hardly bring the same ruthlessness to his critiques of England as he can to those of, say, Arsenal.
However, if the facts are as reported in the press, then I feel that he has got it wrong on this occasion, mistaking ruthlessness for courage.
It is about having that ruthlessness on the road which we can learn from.
ALEX McLeish was left ruing Villa's lack of ruthlessness after they failed to bury Blackburn in a frustrating second half surrender at Ewood Park.
That's down to that ruthlessness and mental toughness to see things through and get that strength to go over the line in certain moments.
In certain situations, you have to meet ruthlessness with ruthlessness.
During his 13 years at the helm of the resourcerich African nation, Bokassa had a reputation for ruthlessness and megalomania.
We have to get our act together and maintain ruthlessness and concentration for 80 minutes.
Under his leadership, one might envisage the Magic Sign reviving the ruthlessness of Cyril Stein which, during the 1970s, propelled Ladbrokes to head the market.