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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The political realities of our country are merciless. Naureen Khan, The Atlantic, "The Tony-Nominated Play That Savages the U.S. Constitution," 8 June 2019 This is Texas east of the Pecos, a land of cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 This is a land of caprock, cowpokes and unending fields of cotton, a crop that loves the merciless sun of its semiarid climate. Mary Ann Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 And, then as now, there is a real moral danger for those of us standing outside the prison walls looking in — pruriently, self-righteously, indignantly, eyes blazing, stoned on outrage, hearts full of merciless joy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 2019 Two-time European Footballer of the Year Rummenigge was a merciless goalscorer, amassing over 200 for Bayern Munich during a decade in Bavaria. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 Going after him — the merciless Khmer guards make clear — is not an option. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Funan’ marries stunning animation with genocidal terror," 13 June 2019 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

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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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