unforgiving

adjective
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

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Other Words from unforgiving

unforgivingness noun

Examples of unforgiving in a Sentence

They are unforgiving of the smallest mistake. the unforgiving world of politics
Recent Examples on the Web That strain of cancer, that aggressive and unforgiving osteosarcoma, may have won the battle. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cancer won the battle a year ago, but Tyler Trent might just win the war," 26 Dec. 2019 The backlash to the hoodies — which carried the words Columbine, Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas and Virginia Tech, sites of some of the deadliest school shootings — was swift and unforgiving after the fashion photos were posted last week on Instagram. Mae Anderson, The Denver Post, "Shootings and shock value: Hoodies, PSA use similar tactics," 20 Sep. 2019 The backlash to the hoodies — which carried the words Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas, Columbine and Virginia Tech, sites of some of the deadliest school shootings — was swift and unforgiving after the fashion photos were posted last week on Instagram. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shootings and shock value: Hoodies, PSA use similar tactics," 19 Sep. 2019 Midsommar Florence Pugh is simply a wonder in Ari Aster’s brutal, unforgiving, and oddly hilarious tale of a Scandinavian cult and how to deal with a bad boyfriend. Clark Collis, EW.com, "The 10 best horror films of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Frank’s most unforgiving witness is his daughter Peggy (played as an adult by Anna Paquin), whose increasingly dark looks at her father mirror your gaze. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Men Are in Trouble and Hollywood Wants to Help," 20 Dec. 2019 Those qualities -- and flaws -- are magnified under the camera's unforgiving eye. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Cats' leaves behind a memory that's best forgotten," 18 Dec. 2019 Her chess moves in the fearless government comedy’s unforgiving finale turned her from hell-bent to hell-bound; see: her horse-trading away of the environment, the educational system, gay rights, etc. Ew Staff, EW.com, "The 30 most shocking TV moments of 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 Grades 6 through 9, on their best days, play out like one long, unforgiving Twitter feed, where the only constant is judgment. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Lauren Betts is 6-foot-7, 16 years old, and hasn’t even touched the ceiling yet," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unforgiving

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unforgiving was in 1713

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unforgiving.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforgiving. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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unforgiving

adjective
How to pronounce unforgiving (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unforgiving

: not willing to forgive other people
: very harsh or difficult : not allowing weakness, error, etc.

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