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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First Known Use of merciless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Merciless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merciless. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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