relentless

adjective
re·​lent·​less | \ ri-ˈlent-ləs \

Definition of relentless

: showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace : unrelenting relentless pressure a relentless campaign

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Other Words from relentless

relentlessly adverb
relentlessness noun

Examples of relentless in a Sentence

Her relentless optimism held the team together. The hunter was relentless in pursuit of his prey. a relentless opponent of deregulation
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The royal wedding hype has been relentless, and the House of Windsor lives in our heads rent-free. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "My wife loves the royal wedding, and there’s nothing I can do," 16 May 2018 President Donald Trump’s attacks against Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have been relentless since his campaign began. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 By Larry Loftis Gallery, 360 pages, $27 Sansom was relentless. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 Grande and Davidson ended their relationship in mid-October, and the Saturday Night Love comedian says the swipes made about him since have been relentless. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Told Fans (Again) to Leave Pete Davidson Alone," 4 Dec. 2018 The American crew tried to escape, but the North Korean vessels were relentless. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "USS Pueblo spy ship crew tell Trump to bring vessel home from North Korea," 22 Sep. 2018 Fred Trump was relentless and creative in finding ways to channel this wealth to his children. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 But To All the Boys leaned into its fake dating premise with utter and relentless sincerity. Constance Grady, Vox, "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before," 25 Aug. 2018 The 32-year-old is Portland's all-time career leader in appearances with 215, but his gritty and relentless play in the midfield generally earns him a suspension or two every season. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers will face challenge against Kansas City as they try to win without Diego Chara," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of relentless

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relentless was in 1592

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relentless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of relentless

: continuing without becoming weaker, less severe, etc.
: remaining strict or determined

relentless

adjective
re·​lent·​less | \ ri-ˈlent-ləs \

Kids Definition of relentless

: showing no lessening of severity, intensity, or strength The most relentless of his new fears was that they would starve.— Lois Lowry, The Giver

Other Words from relentless

relentlessly adverb
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