merciless

adjective
mer·​ci·​less | \ ˈmər-si-ləs How to pronounce merciless (audio) \

Definition of merciless

: having or showing no mercy : pitiless the merciless killing of innocent people

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Other Words from merciless

mercilessly adverb
mercilessness noun

Examples of merciless in a Sentence

the merciless killing of innocent people He has been merciless in his criticism of his opponent.

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In a healthy democracy, a leader has to tolerate merciless lampooning, signaling a limit on power. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 Young Jedi and merciless members of the Empire are running rampant in the first 15-minute, uncut gameplay trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Watch Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s E3 gameplay trailer," 8 June 2019 After a 105-92 loss to Toronto at Oracle Arena, the marquee NBA dynasty of the millennium is buckling under the pressure of injuries and malaise and the merciless cyborg known as Kawhi Leonard. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As Warriors go haywire, Kerr turns to inner Pop," 7 June 2019 But they are not used to the weather being quite this merciless. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "After a biblical spring, this is the week that could break the Corn Belt," 4 June 2019 This is a column about new blood, the merciless battle for greatness, and a sudden ascendancy to power. Jason Gay, WSJ, "‘Game of Thrones’ Is Over. Your New Favorite TV Show Is Giannis & Kawhi.," 20 May 2019 Meanwhile, Jaime's sarcastic words about men like Jon protecting the realm might carry new weight in the next episode, when Jon will surely have to address Daenerys' merciless turn. Glamour, "This Season 1 Scene With Jaime and Jon Might Predict the Game of Thrones Finale," 14 May 2019 Tonight on Game of Thrones, viewers saw an innocent fan favorite perish at the hands of the merciless queen: Missandei, one of Daenerys Targaryen's most trusted advisors and the love of Grey Worm's life. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "WTF Just Happened to Missandei on Game of Thrones?!," 6 May 2019 But the most crazy-making part may not be the dizzying schedule of games, the quest for the perfect bracket or the merciless, one-and-done single elimination system. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Are Women Always on the Sidelines of Sports Reporting?," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of merciless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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merciless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of merciless

: having or showing no mercy : very cruel or harsh

merciless

adjective
mer·​ci·​less | \ ˈmər-si-ləs How to pronounce merciless (audio) \

Kids Definition of merciless

: having no mercy or pity These people, she thought, would be merciless critics.— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Other Words from merciless

mercilessly adverb

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