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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Mountain Valley pipeline, which has come under a relentless siege by green groups and activists in judicial robes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 May 2022 In contrast, McConnell became a relentless battering ram with Trump in the White House. Ira Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 No sooner had Tucker’s relentless hustle as an undersized member of the power rotation helped provide the Miami Heat with a 1-0 series lead Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, then a Swinney embrace followed. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 4 May 2022 In its relentless effort to stamp out the virus, China has relied on hundreds of thousands of low-level party officials in neighborhood committees to arrange mass testing and coordinate transport to hospitals and isolation facilities. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The international community has been relentless in urging Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to allow girls to return to school. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 21 Mar. 2022 The Dodgers became relentless in their pursuit, and on Wednesday morning, president Andrew Friedman provided four different proposals for Freeman ranging in years and money. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Williamson was relentless in his efforts to put together the first Love Rocks concert in 2017 when the duo assembled a lineup that included Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Aaron Neville, Gary Clark Jr., Michael McDonald and Mavis Staples. Taylor Mims, Billboard, 11 Mar. 2022 Donovan said Caruso has been relentless in maintaining his physical fitness throughout the injury, which should allow the guard to make a quick return to the court. Julia Poe,, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relentless

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Relentless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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

relentlessly adverb
relentlessness noun

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