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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Recent Examples on the Web Between and around the vocal lines, the baglama was beautifully relentless, precisely repeating a quick little motif a few times before moving on to another and another, perhaps hundreds of them in the course of the set. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World," 13 Jan. 2020 The combo guard, who averaged 16 points, six assists and six rebounds per game last season, brings everything on offense and is relentless on defense. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "2019-20 Baltimore-area high school boys basketball players to watch," 5 Dec. 2019 Altogether her sound is relentless, daring and oftentimes harsh -- but in a way that feels authentic to techno and the sound that has come to define Berlin. Valerie Lee, Billboard, "How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Inspired Ellen Allien's Marathon Career in Techno," 18 Dec. 2019 The competition in the compact segment is relentless, however, and the Civic’s interior feels dated compared to spiffy new entries like the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The racy Honda Civic Si just wants to have fun (auto review)," 7 Dec. 2019 The chapters on Holbrooke’s diplomacy in the former Yugoslavia – relentless, fast-paced, insistent, bullying – are the heart of the book. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘Our Man,’ a beautifully written tale of an ‘almost great’ life," 6 May 2019 Likewise, parents cannot be made solely responsible for protecting their children from the relentless onslaught of sexuality pervading the Internet and social media. Jesse Merriam, National Review, "Regulate Pornography: See Centuries of State Obscenity Laws," 23 Dec. 2019 Some thought that Ohio State might slip a little when Urban Meyer walked away, but the Buckeyes have remained relentless on the recruiting trail. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Donovan Edwards' recruitment shows why Ohio State football, LSU are so dang good," 22 Dec. 2019 Leaves shaded the soil, protecting its residents from the sun’s relentless rays. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relentless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relentless. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for relentless

relentless

adjective
How to pronounce relentless (audio)

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

relentlessly adverb
relentlessness noun

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