ruth

Ruth \Ruth\ (r[udd]th), n. [From {Rue}, v.: cf. Icel. hrygg[eth], hryg[eth].] 1. Sorrow for the misery of another; pity; tenderness. [Poetic] ``They weep for ruth.'' --Chaucer. ``Have ruth of the poor.'' --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] To stir up gentle ruth, Both for her noble blood, and for her tender youth. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. That which causes pity or compassion; misery; distress; a pitiful sight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It had been hard this ruth for to see. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] With wretched miseries and woeful ruth. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]