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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ruth /ˈruθ/
 憐憫,悲哀

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ruth n.
 1. Sorrow for the misery of another; pity; tenderness. [Poetic] “They weep for ruth.” --Chaucer.  “Have ruth of the poor.” --Piers Plowman.
 To stir up gentle ruth,
 Both for her noble blood, and for her tender youth.   --Spenser.
 2. That which causes pity or compassion; misery; distress; a pitiful sight. [Obs.]
    It had been hard this ruth for to see.   --Chaucer.
    With wretched miseries and woeful ruth.   --Spenser.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 Ruth
      n 1: United States professional baseball player famous for
           hitting home runs (1895-1948) [syn: Babe Ruth, George
           Herman Ruth, Sultan of Swat]
      2: the great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in
         the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
      3: a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of
         others; "the blind are too often objects of pity" [syn: commiseration,
          pity, pathos]
      4: 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
         [syn: Book of Ruth]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Ruth
    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 (Matt. 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 (Gen. 38:29; Matt. 1:3)
    and the Canaanitess Rahab (Matt. 1:5), privileged to become the
    ancestress of David, and so of 'great David's greater Son'"
    (Ruth 4:18-22).

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Ruth, drunk; satisfied