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 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 Unlike the economy, in which actions and consequences are separated by months or years, the coronavirus exposes the errors of leaders with merciless speed. The Economist, "Troubling symptoms The perils of politics in a pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Their endless banter and merciless ribbing of the entire clubhouse sent a meaningful message: Just as Sparky said, superstars and role players play with same purpose on this team. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Captain Hook's boys get the Reds even in game four of the 1975 World Series," 2 Apr. 2020 No infectious disease in a century has exacted as swift and merciless a toll on the United States as covid-19. Washington Post, "This is how they lived — and what was lost when they died.," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of merciless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2020

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“Merciless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merciless. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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merciless

adjective
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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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