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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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 In the time since the movie, Regina has of course been immortalized on the internet in endless memes, where she’s often seen as an aspirational symbol of merciless power, as someone to look up to. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "The "Mean Girls" Musical Cast Is Redefining What It Means to Be a Strong Woman," 8 Mar. 2019 For members of these groups, beauty standards have long been merciless, but for many trans and nonbinary people, conforming to society’s aesthetic expectations often feels impossible. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 2018 The nearly 200,000 African-Americans who served in the Union Army fought under peril of merciless death or enslavement. Drew Gilpin Faust, WSJ, "‘The War for the Common Soldier’ and ‘The Calculus of Violence’ Review: Billy Yank and Johnny Reb," 7 Dec. 2018 The Vuillard tone, ironic, persistent, aggressive—at times merciless—is well caught in English by the translator Mark Polizzotti. James Campbell, WSJ, "‘The Order of the Day’ Review: When Adolf Came," 27 Sep. 2018 Though the summer wedding season may be winding down, this is the second time a bridezilla has made headlines for merciless demands in recent weeks. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Bridezilla mocked after strict wedding rules go viral," 21 Sep. 2018

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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

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