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

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Other Words from unrelenting

unrelentingly \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈlen-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unrelentingly (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

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Next season, the goal will be to finally bring that unrelenting form to the continental stage. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: End of Season Review," 5 June 2019 The solo stretches, where Sellers battled unrelenting rain and fierce headwinds with no protection, were brutal. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 The switch only highlighted the rotten state of local soccer, which has been plagued with corruption, chaos and unrelenting violence for years. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence," 5 Dec. 2018 Her art has thrived, in part, on a physical candor that both shocked people and redrew the boundaries of taste, beauty and eroticism around her masculinity, ebony skin and unrelenting intensity. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ Finds the Model, Singer, Actress, Person," 12 Apr. 2018 This will be more effective if Republicans muster a comprehensive and unrelenting critique of the Green New Deal that can help win back suburban voters who defected from the GOP in the midterm elections. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make Trump Popular Again," 13 Feb. 2019 Magnuson was unrelenting and hurled insults and racist slurs at him, a report said. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "A man hurled racist slurs and a punch at a FedEx driver — then died after he was punched back," 21 Nov. 2018 So, is there any truth to the rumors that Meghan is an unrelenting diva who drives people to quit their jobs and flee? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are Very Different in This Key Way, According to Royal Staffers," 13 Jan. 2019 That will likely change in the next few months as the unrelenting pressure of world events forces the administration to define and communicate its objectives more clearly. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Three Stages of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 19 Nov. 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 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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