un·​mit·​i·​gat·​ed | \ˌən-ˈmi-tə-ˌgā-təd \

Definition of unmitigated 

1 : not lessened : unrelieved sufferings unmitigated by any hope of early relief

2 : being so definitely what is stated as to offer little chance of change or relief an unmitigated disaster

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Other Words from unmitigated

unmitigatedly adverb
unmitigatedness noun

Examples of unmitigated in a Sentence

it looks like another one of your get-rich-quick schemes has ended in unmitigated failure

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For starters, Democrats will now command the House of Representatives, drawing (at last!) to a close 24 months of unmitigated powerlessness in Washington. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 So even though global temperature stays constant, the water around Greenland (and Antarctica as well) is just as warm as in the unmitigated-warming scenario through at least 2050. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Geoengineering could stop warming but comes with side of sea-level rise," 31 Oct. 2018 But there is so much more—from the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players—if not their affection. Fox News, "'Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time' by Ian O'Connor," 25 Sep. 2018 These numbers are expected to rise the fire continues on its path of unmitigated destruction, updates can be found on Cal Fire's website. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Carr Fire Shows No Mercy on Destructive Path Through California, 2 Dead," 27 July 2018 Failure to win a title over the four years of James’ contract would be an unmitigated disaster. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "On the Lakers’ road back to greatness with LeBron, the hardest steps may still lie ahead," 12 July 2018 For one thing, Trump is acting in flagrant defiance of longstanding Republican party dogma, which has for better or worse endorsed free trade as an unmitigated good. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 But Kennedy’s most consequential summit, which came just months into his presidency, was an unmitigated disaster, according to historians. Eli Stokols, The Seattle Times, "Summits are tricky: Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan learned the hard way," 10 June 2018 Fortuna noted that cells in the parts of the brain that handle stress can actually die off when confronted with unmitigated trauma. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Child health specialists see lasting harm in family separations," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of unmitigated

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: complete and total

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