He could be ruthless, but was not habitually cruel.
The "ablest and most ruthless of the Angevins," as J.
Qatwali was as ruthless in battle as he was.
The Goths showed themselves not absolutely ruthless conquerors.
The way they secure their positions is through the ruthless application of violence.
She heard it in Wynn's, saw it in the ruthless gleam in his eyes.
He wasn't the arrogant, ruthless Immortal she remembered.
He didn.t know what happened to Darkyn, but Death adopted him, raised him, and trained him to be the most ruthless of all assassins.
She didn't doubt A'Ran could be ruthless if he felt his family was threatened.
Timur conducted his campaigns with a ruthless disregard of life and property.
Battle made him ruthless; Hell made him shrewd.
Macbeth is the story of a ruthless wife, Lady Macbeth, who persuades her husband to murder the king and take his throne.
For Owen's brilliant but brief career and ruthless treatment of English settlers and Anglophil Welshmen, his countrymen had not unnaturally to pay a heavy penalty in the severe statutes which the affrighted parliaments of Henry IV.
With the ferocious fanaticism or the ruthless opportunism of the future organizers of the Terror they had nothing in common.
In its lower course, whatever is worthy of record clusters round the historical vicissitudes of Hamburg - its early prominence as a missionary centre (Ansgar) and as a bulwark against Slav and marauding Northman, its commercial prosperity as a leading member of the Hanseatic League, and its sufferings during the Napoleonic wars, especially at the hands of the ruthless Davotit.
Naturally I love peace and hate war and all that pertains to war; I see nothing admirable in the ruthless career of Napoleon, save its finish.
He was ruthless, beyond loyal to the few he trusted, and quick to use his influence to get Brady access to any of the government's supplies, technology, intelligence, and anything else Brady requested it.
The terrible events in Minster, which was controlled for a short time (1533-34) by a group of Anabaptists under the leadership of John of Leiden, the introduction of polygamy (which appears to have been a peculiar accident rather than a general principle), the speedy capture of the town by an alliance of Catholic and Protestant princes, and the ruthless retribution inflicted by the victors, have been cherished by ecclesiastical writers as a choice and convincing instance of the natural fruits of a rejection of infant baptism.
This method was carried to ruthless extremes by the Inquisition, but was by no means unknown in countries in which this institution never gained a foothold; as in England, where torture was practised, though never legalized, for this purpose.
King Edward, as indolent In the and pleasure-loving in times of ease as he was active north and and ruthless in times of stress and battle, set himself west.
By his ruthless suppression of revolts at Dinant and Liege he made his authority undisputed throughout the Netherlands.
So long as a great horde of nomads was encamped on the frontier the country was liable to be invaded by an overwhelming force of ruthless marauders.
The ruthless way in which they plundered ancient buildings to adorn their own palaces is the origin of the saying, "Quod non fecerunt barbari, fecerunt.
In 1813 the ruthless severity of the governor-general, Haji Osman, who obtained the co-operation of the Christians, broke the power of the janissaries; but after Osman had fallen a victim.
Up to this time the rule of the Bhonsla rajas, rough warriors of peasant extraction, had been on the whole beneficent; but, soured by his defeat, Raghoji now set to work to recover some of his losses by a ruthless exploitation of the peasantry, and until the effective intervention of the British in 1818 the country was subjected to every kind of oppression.
The Czechs came under the sceptre of the Habsburgs after the battle with the Turks at Mohacs (1526), through an inheritance treaty confirmed by the vote of their Estates; an unsuccessful rebellion which they made in 1621 against the ruling house as protagonist of the counter-Reformation, brought them under the power of a ruthless conqueror, who wished to crush both their faith and their national independence.
A little later (January 1657) he suppressed with ruthless severity a rising of the spahis; a certain Sheik Salim, leader of the fanatical mob of the capital, was drowned in the Bosporus; and the Greek Patriarch, who had written to the voivode of Wallachia to announce the approaching downfall of Islam, was hanged.
During the years which immediately preceded the war, as well as during the first 18 months of the conflict, he was himself a candidate for the office of Imperial Chancellor, in the sense that many of the reactionary Conservatives and of those who advocated a ruthless conception of policy in peace and war regarded him as their political hope.
The ruthless methods by which the Spaniards forced the natives to labour for them caused a change in the attitude of the erstwhile friendly Borinquenos.
Neither could forgive Tisza for repudiating his earlier Radical policy, the so-called Bihar Programme (March 6, 1868), which went far beyond the Compromise in the direction of independence, and both attacked him with a violence which his unyielding temper, and the ruthless methods by which he always knew how to secure victory, tended ever to fan into fury.
Here as elsewhere he had but one rule to guide him in matters of doctrine and discipline - the practice of Rome and the West; for it is singular to see how Jerome, who is daringly original in points of scholarly criticism, was a ruthless partisan in all other matters; and, having discovered what was the Western practice, he set tongue and pen to work with his usual bitterness (Altercatio luciferiani et orthodoxi).
1853) has in his Studii critice (1890 sqq.) been a ruthless but none the less judicious critic.
In fact, nearly the whole of the region between the Caucasus and the Perso-Turkish frontier on the south, from the Caspian Sea on the one side to the Black Sea on the other, was embroiled in a civil war of the most sanguinary and ruthless character, the inveterate racial animosities of the combatants being in both cases inflamed by religious fanaticism.
The ruthless determination of the superior leaders had been answered splendidly by the devotion of the troops, but the men of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg were mostly dead or wounded, and the recruits attracted by bounties or compelled by the "draft," which had at last been enforced in the North, proved far inferior soldiers to the gallant veterans whom they replaced.
Rubber vines and trees are abundant, but in some districts their number has been considerably reduced by the ruthless methods adopted by native collectors of rubber.
In 1833 a conspiracy of the Giovane Italia Society, organized by Mazzini, was discovered, and a number of its members punished with ruthless severity.
Under Talaat Bey, the Minister of the Interior, the process was begun in ruthless fashion during the spring of 1915.
The author's object was clearly to demonstrate to his readers the necessity of faith in Israel's God, who shall not for ever allow his chosen ones to be ground under the heel of a ruthless heathen oppressor.
Feudal masters could not afford to act with the ruthless cruelty of slaveholders relying on government and civilization to back their claims to a complete sway over their human chattels.
Such ruthless habits of the bee-commonwealth, no less than the altruistic labours of the workers, are adapted for the survival and dominance of the species.
His capacity for accepting the gravest responsibilities was shown, not less than by his handling of an army in battle, by his ruthless devastation of the Valley - a severe measure felt to be necessary both by Sheridan himself and by Grant.
well described by the Gothic historian Jordanes as "ruthless, manifold, immense, obstinate."
The ruthless suppression of the Magyar malcontents, in which there was little discrimination between the innocent and the guilty, had so crushed the spirit of the country that Leopold considered the time ripe for realizing a long-cherished ideal of the Habsburgs and changing Hungary from an elective into an hereditary monarchy.
Tirpitz advances two contentions; first, that he would have sent the navy into decisive action at an earlier stage of the war; secondly, that he would have made an earlier and more ruthless use of the German U-boats; but his opponents traverse both these claims, and in particular assert that as Secretary of State he had neglected the construction of submarines, so that Germany entered the war with a comparatively small supply of these vessels.
His incisive style, his fearless and often ruthless criticism, and his wide and penetrating erudition, make him a redoubtable adversary in the field of polemic. The Bulletin critique, founded by him, for which he wrote numerous articles, has contributed powerfully to spread the principles of the historical method among the French clergy.
The mere instinct of self-preservation had, at last, drawn the Poles and Lithuanians together against these ruthless and masterful intruders, and the coronation of Jagiello at Cracow on the 15th of February 1386, was both a warning and a challenge to the Knights.
In 1811 its citizens revolted against Spanish rule and set up a government of their own, but in 1816 the city was occupied by Pablo Morillo (1777-1838), the Spanish general, who subjected it to a ruthless military government until 1819,.
But though Philip appeared for a time to give way, he had made up his mind to visit the opponents of his policy with ruthless punishment.
A curious combination of the fierce warrior and the pious churchman, he manifested the one aspect of his character in his ruthless suppression of an insurrection in his northern dominion (thus gaining for himself the title of "the Fierce"), the other in his munificent foundation of bishoprics and abbeys.
The fact - that England recovered with marvellous rapidity from the evil effects of, ~thelreds disastrous reign, and achieved great wealth and prosperity under Canute, would seem to show that the ravages of Sw~yn, widespread and ruthless though they had been, had yet fallen short of the devastating completeness of those of the earlier vikings.
His success did almost as much harm as good to his cause, for the deliberate sack of the city was carried out with such ruthless severity that it roused wild wrath rather than terror in the neighboring regions.
Not only was the slaughter in that battle and the pursuit more cruel than anything that had been seen since the day of Evesham, but the executions that followed Ruthless ~~e 1uitli~ss.
But, in fact, serfdom naturally took the form of an ugly ownership of live chattels on the part of a privileged class, and all sorts of excesses, of cruelty, ruthless exploitation and wanton caprice, followed as a matter of course.
In view of the ruthless slaughter of a thousand sabbatarians in the wilderness, Mattathias and his friends decided to resist attack even on the sabbath.
His Humid brethren went so far as to expel him for a time from the society - the chief ground of offence being apparently his ruthless criticism of the "Arameans," a party of the academicians who maintained that the Florentine or Tuscan tongue was derived from the Hebrew, the Chaldee, or some other branch of the Semitic. He was readmitted in 1566, when his friend Salviati was "consul" of the academy.
These four years were perhaps the most miserable and degrading in Swedish history (an age of lead succeeding an age of gold, as it has well been called) and may be briefly described as alternations of fantastic jacobinism and ruthless despotism.
Even the Bible Society, through which the emperor in his later mood of evangelical zeal proposed to bless his people, was conducted on the same ruthless lines.
During his long life enormous strides were made by others in collecting the materials of American history, and while in the main he kept pace with them by ruthless revision, yet even the latest edition of his work disregards some minor facts which others knew for the insertion of much which the author alone knew.
Thus the Ottoman prestige was restored at sea, while Kuprili's ruthless enforcement of discipline in the army and suppression of revolts, whether in Europe or Asia, restored it also on land.
Frontenac planned attacks upon New England and encouraged a ruthless border warfare that involved many horrors.
Chicago now poses ruthless mayhem of problems in its.
ruthless in a way in which old style terrorism was not.
detested the states-general and never convoked them, and the parlements were definitely reduced to silence in 1673; he completed the destruction of municipal liberties, under pretext of bad financial administration.; suffered no public, still less private criticism; was ruthless when his exasperated subjects had recourse to force; and made the police the chief bulwark of his government.
A ruthless female assassin is on the loose, leaving a bloody trail behind her.
ruthless in defense of the Motherland.
The key in a racing driver's character is to be ambitious, ruthless and also single-minded.
I've been fairly ruthless in my selection, limiting myself to only one poem per author.
ruthless in front of goal scoring 35 times in 12 games.
ruthless in the pursuit of criminals, he was very mild about their punishment.
sacrificed at the altar of Capote's ruthless pursuit of adulation.
His utterly shameless claims were supported by one of the most ruthless security systems in the world.
In the ruthless world of the television sitcom, survival is the name of the game.
LALD was pure Moore; suave, cool, witty with a ruthless streak.
Pombal's whole program, however, was executed by ruthless suppression of all opposition.
But now here she was, suddenly reinvented as ruthless villain.
Victor is attractive and intriguing to figure out, and his background history as a self-made millionaire gives him the perfect foundation for his current ruthless behavior on the show.
Since arriving in Pine Valley, Adam's often ruthless behavior certainly earned him his share of enemies.
Be ruthless in eliminating cars that are too expensive.
This race rules planets with the the Jem'Hadar, ruthless warriors under the Founders' control, and the Vorta, oily diplomats and slaves to the Founders.
The replicants, led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer in a breakout performance) are ruthless, heartless and will torture or kill in order to get what they want.
If you recall the classic Star Trek episode called "Space Seed", this is where we first meet Khan, a ruthless dictator who wanted to bring "order" to the planet Earth with his own abuse of power.
The Dark One that ruled Hell since the time-before-time had fallen to a ruthless demon lord whose goal had long been to take over the mortal realm.
Today, he seemed … calm, if the ruthless Dark One could be called that.
The vast myth of the Ring is related in full several times in each of the three main dramas, with ruthless disregard for the otherwise magnificent dramatic effect of the whole; hosts of original dramatic and ethical ideas, with which Wagner's brain was even more fertile than his voluminous prose works would indicate, assert themselves at all points, only to be thwarted by repeated attempts to allegorize the philosophy of Schopenhauer; all efforts to read a consistent scheme, ethical or philosophical, into the result are doomed to failure; but all this matters little, so long as we have Wagner's unfailing later resources in those higher dramatic verities which present to us emotions and actions, human and divine, as things essentially complex and conflicting, inevitable as natural laws, incalculable as natural phenomena.
Basil made ruthless war upon the system of immense estates which had grown up in Asia Minor and which his predecessor, Romanus I., had endeavoured to check.
After his first English expedition Sweyn was content to blackmail England instead ofravaging it, till the ruthless massacre of the Danes on St Brice's day, the 3rd of November 1002, by Ethelred the Unready (Sweyn's sister was among the victims) brought the Danish king to Exeter (1003).
But though he felt the ascendant influence of Christian teaching, he was not really penetrated by its spirit; a professing Christian, and a friend to the episcopate, Clovis remained a barbarian, crafty and ruthless.
This systeir might probably have succeeded if the United States had nol countenanced the sending of supplies of every kind to the rebels, and if American diplomacy had not again and again made representations against Weylers ruthless policy.
In 1246 a formidable conspiracy of the discontented Apulian barons against the emperor's power and life, fomented by papal emissaries, was discovered and crushed with ruthless cruelty.
Today, he seemed â€¦ calm, if the ruthless Dark One could be called that.
Without taking his eyes off Gabriel, the ruthless demon lord that knew no mercy bowed his head to his mate and nudged her gently in return.
The evidence of history is that revolutions are usually peaceful - but the resulting counter-revolution is usually extremely bloody and ruthless.
This is especially so if you screw up an objective, when the ruthless boss won't miss a moment to berate you.
The con involves taking cash from a bar owner (Gambon) who's in debt to a ruthless mob boss (Richardson ).
The many enemies of Jerusalem " will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Apart from those was his greatest asset of all a cold, ruthless and single-minded determination which ruled his long and lonely life.
So we had a choice to make: either take the word of a ruthless dictator, or take action to defend America.
doe-eyed charm as Eve, the ruthless aspiring actress who passes herself off as a little girl lost.
egocentric nature and ruthless quest for power.
Similarly the power given in creation to humans is to be exercised with tenderness, not ruthless exploitation.
Supremacy in the violent world is short lived as younger, hungrier and more ruthless gangs move in.
Who would dare attack Britain's most ruthless gangster?
Milch was not ruthless enough, or concerned enough with his own glory, to make a successful gladiator in that contest.
Shylock is indeed a ruthless man, but it is clear that he has been much goaded by the merchant Antonio.
The dancing is exciting and ruthless: one-handed handstand hops, headspins, body-popping, all given a hard, aggressive edge.
Compassion - We mean ruthless honesty and tough, direct, caring communication.
He was ruthless when needed, and his deadpan humor that was a trademark of Connery's returned.
Reaching the height of ruthless ambition is achieved by feigning innocence.
Internet dating, you need to be much more ruthless.
The vital ingredients were there for all three: an underdog defeating a ruthless, intimidating and seemingly invulnerable favorite.
I don't particularly need a ruthless stone killer every single day.
Meanwhile Suma has ambitions to take over from the Leather Madonna as the new madam and is very ruthless at her task.
As such they were vulnerable and prone to attack out of the blue by merciless bandits who were renowned and ruthless murderers.
What is also apparent is that the writers of 24 have also become ruthless.
Had one gone in, it would have been game over I'm convinced, City have to get more ruthless.
His pushing Locque off the cliff, while a ruthless act, hardly makes Moore appear ruthless in my book.
Most town leaders feared what the Sea Beggars would do to their towns as they seemed as ruthless as the Spanish.
ruthless dictator, or take action to defend America.
ruthless exploitation of Nature.
ruthless tyrants that kill and murder, like King Herod in Jesus ' day.
ruthless suppression of all opposition.
The partisans had been utterly ruthless with any collaborators they had caught.
The global economy has been equally ruthless with farmers in other parts of the South.
The art of using these tools and techniques is in being totally ruthless when it comes to dealing with waste.
Sky's approach has been quite ruthless in recent months ", explained BECTU Scottish Officer Paul McManus.
Any concessions must be balanced by an absolutely ruthless punishment of those who planned or enabled the hijack bombings.
It is tyranny imposed by a military machine of immense power; it is tyranny imposed by a military machine of immense power; it is tyranny by an utterly ruthless despotism.
Not only are there, and have there been, ruthless tyrants that kill and murder, like King Herod in Jesus ' day.
In overcoming the opposition the conspirators employed methods which were entirely unconstitutional and at times wholly ruthless.
Its rule was associated in the popular mind with severe administration; hostility to the democratic elements represented by Garibaldi, Crispi, Depretis and Bertani; ruthless imposition and collection of taxes in order to meet the financial engagements forced upon Italy by the vicissitudes of her Risorgimento; strong predilection for Piedmontese, Lombards and Tuscans, and a steady determination, not always scrupulous in its choice of means, to retain executive power and the most important administrative offices of the state for the consorteria, or close corporation, of its own adherents.
In spite of the necessary allusions to the ominous theme of the curse, which would give any less great composer ample excuse for succumbing to the listener's sense of impending doom, Wagner's music speaks to us through the child-minds of the Rhine-daughters and terrifies us with the ruthless calm of Nature.
His immense energy and versatility, his adroit and unhesitating flattery when he chose to flatter, his ruthless sarcasm when he chose to be sarcastic, his rather unscrupulous business faculty, his more than rather unscrupulous resolve to double and twist in any fashion so as to escape his enemies, - all these things appear throughout the whole mass of letters.
He was as ruthless and as incorrupt as Robespierre himself; he could be moved from his purpose neither by pity nor by bribes; nor was there in his cruelty any of that quality which made the ordinary Jacobin enrage by turns ferocious and sentimental.
With him Liligious the French monarchy defined its ambitions, and little character by little forsook its feudal and ecclesiastical character of Philip in order to clothe itself in juridical forms. His aggres- the Fairs sive and litigious policy and his ruthless financial reizn.
Despite the massive advertising campaigns of ruthless businesspeople preying on the vulnerabilities of bald people to make a quick buck.
Had one gone in, it would have been game over I 'm convinced, City have to get more ruthless.
Nevertheless, we have to learn that we cannot continue our ruthless exploitation of Nature.
Pombal 's whole program, however, was executed by ruthless suppression of all opposition.
Sky 's approach has been quite ruthless in recent months, explained BECTU Scottish Officer Paul McManus.
I 've been fairly ruthless in my selection, limiting myself to only one poem per author.
They were ruthless in front of goal scoring 35 times in 12 games.
Ruthless in the pursuit of criminals, he was very mild about their punishment.
Third, new style terrorism is ruthless in a way in which old style terrorism was not.
Like most feminine peoples, they had no desire to attack others, but were utterly ruthless in defense of the Motherland.
Both were lambs to the slaughter, sacrificed at the altar of Capote 's ruthless pursuit of adulation.
The robberies were carried out in a clinical, ruthless fashion, using revolvers and sawn off shotguns.
The key in a racing driver 's character is to be ambitious, ruthless and also single-minded.
Be ruthless with slipshod work that loses sight of what you are trying to achieve.
It is tyranny imposed by a military machine of immense power; it is tyranny by an utterly ruthless despotism.
Your elderly grandmother may be a gentle soul, which is why a ruthless social hacker may try to manipulate her to reveal information about you.
Tyra responded to the ruthless tabloids with a statement about her own body confidence.
For his gripping role as ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker took home an Oscar for Best Actor in 2006 for the movie The Last King of Scotland.
He is also leader of the ruthless Black Dragon criminal syndicate.
This "dark" version of him has his own unique abilities, but is very corrupt and ruthless.
The captain does not have to be refined as much as cunning and ruthless.
Kentucky Fried Movie, and Ruthless People), Scary Movie 4 promises to have audiences howling as it spoofs films like War of the Worlds and Saw.
For centuries many believed Lucian was dead, only to return and become one of the most feared and ruthless leaders of the Lycan clan.
Aniston has been playing the role of ruthless drug lord/business mogul, Victor Kiriakis since 1985.
Their ruthless business techniques have made them millionaires, and the family business, King & Sons, thrives.
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