un·re·lent·ing | \ˌən-ri-ˈlen-tiŋ \

Definition of unrelenting 

1 : not softening or yielding in determination : hard, stern an unrelenting leader

2 : not letting up or weakening in vigor or pace : constant the unrelenting struggle

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unrelentingly \ˌən-ri-ˈlen-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of unrelenting in a Sentence

that professor tends to be unrelenting about deadlines unrelenting in the pursuit of equality for all races

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Neel’s, Griswold’s, and Fraser’s—honors the view from below or from the hinterland, where class is something that happens to you, like the weather but worse and more unrelenting. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 Rick Wilson, a veteran Republican strategist from Tallahassee whose unrelenting criticism of Trump has made him a national celebrity, said Scott is smart to try to distance himself from the president on issues such as the child separation policy. Washington Post, "In Senate race, Florida governor in balancing act with Trump," 13 July 2018 Southern Baptists, however, always lauded Graham as the poster boy for their ideal of unrelenting evangelism. Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal, "Billy Graham supported Albert Mohler's role at Southern Baptist Seminary," 21 Feb. 2018 Take no prisoners Pixies charged through 23 songs in 70 minutes, an unrelenting sonic assault featuring zero stage banter from vocalist-guitarist Black Francis. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways Weezer and Pixies conjured nostalgic magic at Ruoff amphitheater," 9 July 2018 As a veteran in his 13th season, Kinsler’s professionalism has been unrelenting. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "As he struggles at the plate, Angels' Ian Kinsler faces uncertain future," 1 July 2018 While Washington has long ago grown numb to Trump’s unrelenting mayhem, the president’s two days of undulations in Brussels, rolling between enraged criticism and boastful, happy proclamations, left many leaders feeling queasy. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Yet in other ways, Kavanaugh’s nomination signals the end of caution by reinforcing the Court’s unrelenting rightward shift—quite a feat, since the current Court is one of the most conservative in the nation’s history. Martha F. Davis, Fortune, "Why Brett Kavanaugh Is a Huge Threat to Minority Rights," 10 July 2018 Amidst Future’s unrelenting consistency, Zaytoven’s widened scope is an exciting new facet from one of rap’s best beatmakers. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of unrelenting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unrelenting

: not slowing down, stopping, or growing weaker

—used to describe someone who does something in a constant and determined way without stopping or becoming less forceful


un·re·lent·ing | \ˌən-ri-ˈlen-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of unrelenting

1 : not giving in or softening in determination : stern

2 : not letting up or weakening in energy or pace … even though it was late in the day, the sun was unrelenting.— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

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unrelentingly adverb

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