piti·​less | \ ˈpi-ti-ləs How to pronounce pitiless (audio) \

Definition of pitiless

: devoid of pity : harsh, cruel

Other Words from pitiless

pitilessly adverb
pitilessness noun

Examples of pitiless in a Sentence

The soldiers were pitiless toward their enemy. gave the beggar in the street a pitiless look and kept on walking
Recent Examples on the Web One’s eye is at first dazzled, then sated, and eventually tired by this pitiless inflation of scale. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Nabokov started to seem less like a lovable, bumbling Professor Pnin and more like a pitiless White Russian with a monocle and an ebony cigarette holder. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Soon friends chimed in with their own artifacts, surviving examples of Washington’s pitiless retail ecosystem. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2020 No one wants to think about this now, but eventually our old friend Adam Smith will come calling to collect his inevitable and pitiless fee. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2020 The Snowtown Murders, his pitiless debut, depicted the murders committed by notorious serial killer John Bunting with a nightmarish inexorability, heightened by an overcast color palette that could be described as gunmetal. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2020 Prices dropped to less than $10 a barrel, triggering a pitiless industry shakeout. Jack Farchy, Bloomberg.com, 5 May 2020 That dream is quickly dying, and our government has been particularly pitiless during this crisis. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2020 There’s no other game on the market like Sea of Thieves, which simulates the life of a pirate by pitting the player against the pitiless sea. Matthew Gault, Time, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pitiless

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pitiless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitiless. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pitiless

: very cruel : having or showing no pity
: very harsh or severe


piti·​less | \ ˈpi-ti-ləs How to pronounce pitiless (audio) \

Kids Definition of pitiless

: having no pity : cruel

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