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 His shoulder pain was relentless, and his left hand was swollen, the lawsuit said. AZCentral.com, 12 June 2021 Every time Cora starts to feel free, she – and we with her – is reminded that white supremacy is relentless. Susan X Jane, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 However, Shopee's relentless focus on users enabled it to become dominant. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Holinger said the grief people in the Indian diaspora are feeling right now is relentless. NBC News, 27 May 2021 The book then sustains a relentless focus on explaining and documenting the wallop packed by the simple and omnipresent error of noise — and what decision-makers can do about it. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 However, in 2020, the first storm, Arthur, was named on May 16, two weeks prior to the start of the season, which was relentless and went on to be the busiest hurricane season in modern history. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 20 May 2021 This came after Jon Roe decided to take on part-time duties, in order to conclude his relentless pursuit of a degree at St. Cloud State. Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 However, the relentless pursuit of efficiency removes hurdles to the speed and reach of transactions, hurdles that also serve as buffers against shocks. Moshe Y. Vardi, The Conversation, 18 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Relentless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relentless. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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

relentlessly adverb
relentlessness noun

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