Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

unforgiving

play
adjective un·for·giv·ing \ˌən-fər-ˈgi-viŋ\

Simple Definition of unforgiving

  • : not willing to forgive other people

  • : very harsh or difficult : not allowing weakness, error, etc.

Full Definition of unforgiving

  1. 1 :  unwilling or unable to forgive

  2. 2 :  having or making no allowance for error or weakness <an unforgiving environment where false moves can prove fatal — Jaclyn Fierman>

un·for·giv·ing·ness noun

Examples of unforgiving

  1. They are unforgiving of the smallest mistake.

  2. the unforgiving world of politics



1713

First Known Use of unforgiving

1713


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up unforgiving? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ