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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Pompeo's defenders say his relentless focus on the incident was driven by his concern for the security of diplomats. John Hudson And Carol Morello, chicagotribune.com, "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: U.S. diplomats needed 'in every stretch of the world'," 1 May 2018 For Republicans, that means a relentless focus on the record highs of the stock market and the low 4.1 percent unemployment rate, while linking them to the tax cuts and Republican control of Washington. Alana Abramson, Time, "Republican Candidates Want to Focus on the Economy. But Donald Trump Keeps Getting in the Way," 24 Apr. 2018 Barbara Lumpkin was a relentless supporter of patients, nurses and the nursing profession in Florida. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 Her hyperactive mind and seemingly boundless energy translate to spellbinding concerts that recall her late mentor and friend Prince, both in their relentless vibrancy and their bold optimism for music’s — and the world’s — future. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The Nevers is described as an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Drama Ordered Straight to Series at HBO," 13 July 2018 Perisic provided a relentless threat to Gareth Southgate’s team, with his powerful and purposeful runs down the left flank and at the heart of England’s defence causing consistent problems throughout the latter stages of the match. SI.com, "Injury Threatens to Rule Star Ivan Perisic Out of Croatia's World Cup Final Meeting With France," 13 July 2018 That’s why during a game every year, Gamble steps away from his in-game duties, away from the planning and relentless double-checking, to sit back and watch. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Why Cincinnati was and still is the perfect place for the Crosstown Showdown," 10 July 2018 The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "US to impose new tariffs on additional $200B worth of Chinese imports," 10 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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