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

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 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, "‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ director, stars on their hypnotic outlaw saga," 23 Apr. 2020 Prices dropped to less than $10 a barrel, triggering a pitiless industry shakeout. Jack Farchy, Bloomberg.com, "Global Oil Producers Face Brutal Reckoning After Epic OPEC+ Fail," 5 May 2020 That dream is quickly dying, and our government has been particularly pitiless during this crisis. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The PPP is letting our small restaurants and businesses die," 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, "The 10 Best Xbox One X Games You Can Play Right Now," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pitiless

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


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Kids Definition of pitiless

: having no pity : cruel

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