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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For the past few weeks, 03 Greedo has been recording at a relentless pace in preparation for a difficult road ahead: He was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug and weapon charges. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Lost (and Found) John Coltrane, and 10 More New Songs," 29 June 2018 Los Ticos then launched an impressive counter-attack, as the game set a relentless pace. SI.com, "Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia: Kolarov Cracker Sees White Eagles Soar to Victory Over Lacklustre Los Ticos," 17 June 2018 In the first strategic program of his new and possibly final presidential term, Vladimir Putin announced plans for a relentless focus on domestic development, to be partially paid for by sharp cuts in defense spending. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "To pay for a 'Russia first' agenda, Putin takes ax to military spending," 8 May 2018 Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images Last year, Kim surprised nearly everyone with the relentless pace of his weapons tests. Alex Ward, Vox, "The past 72 hours in North Korea news, explained," 30 Apr. 2018 Affordable housing has come second to a relentless focus on attracting investment, a tactic that in the past two decades has turned Manchester into Britain’s second city. The Economist, "How Labour plans to take a totemic Tory council," 19 Apr. 2018 With McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose setting a relentless pace at the front, the miss appeared to knock the wind out of Woods’ sail and his tee shot at the 16th landed out of bounds. Dan Cancian, Newsweek, "Tiger's Back: It's Official as Woods' Return Gathers Pace in Last Start Before Augusta," 19 Mar. 2018 That’s thanks to a relentless pace of successful acquisitions that has boosted sales, earnings and cash flow while also endearing the company to Wall Street. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Trump Takes Qualcomm Off the Market," 12 Mar. 2018 The image of the Mamba, relentless and obsessive, fed the perception that he would be lost without the competitive outlet that hoops provided. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 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

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