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.
Recent Examples on the Web An actor who plays Nomi in the off-Broadway musical claims to be paying tribute to Ms Berkley, but, judging by what viewers see of the production, her performance is a merciless parody of Ms Berkley’s histrionics. The Economist, "Bad films How “Showgirls” went from object of ridicule to cult movie," 11 June 2020 The first wave of this merciless persuasion has barely begun in most of the developing world. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Jared Diamond and Nathan Wolfe on the value of preparation," 10 June 2020 The Tokens also tell the complicated story of 18th-century London itself: an often dangerous, merciless city with rigid social mores and severe consequences for those whose lives dipped outside its conventions. National Geographic, "This small London museum contains a heartbreaking collection," 3 June 2020 Before the coronavirus pandemic swept its merciless path across the globe this winter, many couples were eagerly anticipating their upcoming nuptials. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hoda Kotb Surprises Six Couples with Train's Pat Monahan Singing "Marry Me" as Virtual First Wedding Dance," 21 May 2020 The litany of plagues was merciless: too many grapes, thanks to an epic haul in California and Washington. Ben Ryder Howe, New York Times, "The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague," 9 May 2020 This merciless, unrelenting enlightenment is one way to describe the infinitude of these hundred screens—displaying so much humanity, and also suggesting all the humanity beyond their edges. Leslie Jamison, The New York Review of Books, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," 29 Apr. 2020 The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (James), suddenly invade the lake house. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Kevin James is armed and extremely dangerous in trailer for thriller Becky," 7 May 2020 There is only time for this merciless inventory: Their death together in the winter of 1847. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "Eavan Boland in The New Yorker," 29 Apr. 2020

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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merciless

adjective
How to pronounce merciless (audio)

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

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mercilessly adverb

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