un·​mer·​ci·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈmər-si-fəl How to pronounce unmerciful (audio) \

Definition of unmerciful

1 : not merciful : merciless
2 : excessive, extreme chatted for an unmerciful length of time

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unmercifully \ ˌən-​ˈmər-​si-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unmerciful (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unmerciful in a Sentence

she went into an unmerciful level of detail about her latest health problems the critics were unmerciful in their assessments of the young actress's performance
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First Known Use of unmerciful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unmerciful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmerciful. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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