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
Recent Examples on the Web In his portrayals of inmates, victims, and legal advocates, a cautious theme emerges: the prospect of a democratic solution—born of popular will—to an unmerciful system of justice. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 15 Mar. 2021 Far more challenging: wine, women and all that jazz that can tempt Broncos into the unmerciful grip of a COVID-19 outbreak capable of bringing down the team’s playoff aspirations. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Strange new challenge for Broncos in season of coronavirus? “They’re young men and they have urges,” coach Vic Fangio says.," 28 July 2020 The sun can be unmerciful, and the best way to protect yourself is to simply keep it off your skin. Outdoor Life, "Effective sun protection clothing for days spent outside," 26 May 2020 For many riders, nothing but some leather, hard plastic and a bit of foam protects them from the unmerciful pavement. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Safety Tech for Motorcyclists (and Those Who Worry About Them)," 24 Feb. 2017

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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 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmerciful

: not having or showing any mercy : very harsh or cruel

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