un·​re·​lent·​ing | \ ˌən-ri-ˈlen-tiŋ How to pronounce unrelenting (audio) \

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

Other Words from unrelenting

unrelentingly \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈlen-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unrelenting (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unrelenting in a Sentence

that professor tends to be unrelenting about deadlines unrelenting in the pursuit of equality for all races
Recent Examples on the Web The second straight year of an unrelenting drought, combined with sustained hot weather, sent water levels plunging. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 Upstream water diversions and unrelenting drought have caused the Great Salt Lake to dry to a puddle of its former greatness. Jeff Parrott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Dec. 2021 As intensifying storms, devastating wildfires, and unrelenting drought wreaked havoc in Africa and around the world, Nakate publicly called out governments for not doing enough to make the Earth habitable for future generations. Angela Dewan, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021 Throughout the trial, the prosecutor had been unrelenting. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 In the dog days of summer, when migrant crossings usually subside, the influx this year has been unrelenting. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Dear Phoenix Suns Fans, Thank you for your unrelenting support this season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Omicron is the latest unrelenting wave of COVID-19 mutations and variations that have left many here and across America emotionally exhausted, dispirited and worried about infections. The Enquirer, 20 Dec. 2021 Although Biden has been careful not to overpromise, the nation's confidence has been battered by an unrelenting wave of covid-19 variations that have left many Americans emotionally exhausted, dispirited and worried about infections. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of unrelenting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unrelenting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrelenting. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce unrelenting (audio) \

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

Other Words from unrelenting

unrelentingly adverb

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