piti·​less ˈpi-ti-ləs How to pronounce pitiless (audio)
: devoid of pity : harsh, cruel
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
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitiless was in the 15th century

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“Pitiless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitiless. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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piti·​less ˈpit-i-ləs How to pronounce pitiless (audio)
: having no pity : harsh, cruel
pitilessly adverb

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