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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Her mother Diane was relentless, hounding investigators. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 Our hotel is on the main drag where the retail hunting-and-gathering is relentless. David Holahan, courant.com, "Visiting Corsica: Up and Down and Around The Mountainous Mediterranean Idyll," 13 Sep. 2019 The Tigers won because Burrow and his speedy stable of wide receivers were relentless, and because their underdog coach allowed them to be set free. Los Angeles Times, "Column: LSU won what will be the biggest non-conference game of the season," 7 Sep. 2019 The family’s wishes have been ignored; the backlash against Quinn and others has been relentless. Wired, "Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility," 6 Sep. 2019 Depression can be relentless, overwhelming you with a lack of life purpose and causing you to lose interest in everything. Kathryn Streeter, USA TODAY, "Empty nesters advised to plan for life after kids leave home," 18 Aug. 2019 The pace of migration from the countryside to the city in Turkey has been relentless. P.z. | Istanbul, The Economist, "In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation," 1 July 2019 For 90 minutes on the field, the women of the U.S. National Team were relentless, pummeling Thailand with goal after goal—five of which came in the last 11 minutes of the game. Glamour, "The USWNT Score Just Broke the Record for Biggest Win in World Cup History," 11 June 2019 No one talked about companies like the ones that most people see every day — that is, who are engaged in a relentless effort to lower prices. Washington Post, "What the Democratic candidates are getting wrong about business," 3 Aug. 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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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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