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Definition of pitiless

: devoid of pity : harsh, cruel

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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 But Parasite is sarcastic; Bong copies the same pitiless, poisonous view of human relations as that in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Favourite. Armond White, National Review, "Parasite: Antifa Comedy for the Cancel-Culture Era," 11 Oct. 2019 Just as pitiless is the climax of an August 1963 baseball story, running over several days, in which Charlie Brown is pitching for his perennially lousy team in a championship game. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 Good thing young Joe Montana was not subject to social media’s pitiless knee-jerk determinations back in 1979. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Jimmy Garoppolo’s preseason stinker reminds of young Joe Montana’s ugly game," 20 Aug. 2019 But the apex of peace and love and the abyss of pitiless violence were born out of similar drives as old as the U.S. itself. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia," 13 Aug. 2019 Football training camp is drudgery under a pitiless summer sun. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I’m good to go, finally,’ as training camp nears," 10 July 2019 Yet the accretion of meticulous observation endows the pitiless narrative tone with the authority of revelation, and O’Hara’s steady focus on the arc of Julian’s catastrophe never loosens its hold on the reader’s interest. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Others take the voice of Charles, directing an impassioned j’accuse against his pitiless creator. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: From Great War to Trojan War," 6 Sep. 2018 The video clip, directed by the Ethiopian photographer and artist Aïda Muluneh, makes the desert a picturesque fashion backdrop for Ms. Diawara and a pitiless passage for a migrant young man. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Sade’s Haunting Lullaby, and 11 More New Songs," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pitiless

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pitiless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitiless. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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