un·​for·​giv·​ing | \ ˌən-fər-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce unforgiving (audio) \

Definition of unforgiving

1 : unwilling or unable to forgive
2 : having or making no allowance for error or weakness an unforgiving environment where false moves can prove fatal— Jaclyn Fierman

Other Words from unforgiving

unforgivingness noun

Examples of unforgiving in a Sentence

They are unforgiving of the smallest mistake. the unforgiving world of politics
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First Known Use of unforgiving

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2022

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“Unforgiving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforgiving. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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