relentless

adjective
re·​lent·​less | \ ri-ˈlent-ləs How to pronounce relentless (audio) \

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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Green is a journeyman who has bounced from team to team, while Thompson is a relentless rebounder and a switchable defender who doesn't offer much else. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Dragging these flawed Cavs to the NBA Finals would be LeBron James' most remarkable feat," 2 May 2018 But even short of a calamitous accident, many mines pose the chronic problem of relentless pollution. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Society is brutal in its relentless reminders that women will be replaced by someone younger and sexier and cooler. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 The company’s relentless accumulation of user data isn’t just a grab for power or a default behavior. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Meghan and Harry’s visit to Birkenhead set the tone for their 2019, establishing them as a formidable double act with what is emerging as a relentless determination to use their hugely high profile positions to affect positive change. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "With Today's Visit to Birkenhead, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Gave a Preview of What's to Come for in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 Lender, borrower and cost cutter Under Lampert’s reign, Sears has implemented a relentless cost-cutting campaign — $1.25 billion in 2017 alone, including hundreds of store closures — while making priority payments to Lampert the lender. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 Over the course of the contest, that relentless approach of hitting the glass and not settling for perimeter shots ultimately made the difference in a 57-47 victory. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Queen Anne's girls basketball knocks off Oakland Mills in 2A semifinals," 10 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce relentless (audio) \

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

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relentlessness noun

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