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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Other Words from unrelenting

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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Laura Ingraham: New York Times' op-ed and the unrelenting vendetta against Trump – RIP journalism. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump says anonymous NY Times op-ed backfired; Kavanaugh hearings could wrap up Friday," 7 Sep. 2018 Woodward depicts Trump’s anger and paranoia about the Russia inquiry as unrelenting, at times paralyzing the West Wing for days. Robert Costa, The Seattle Times, "New book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency," 4 Sep. 2018 What followed proved just as unrelenting, and in the end, Red Sox pitchers struck out 18 batters. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 2018 The proclamations keep coming even as Boko Haram has unleashed an unrelenting stream of suicide bombers on mosques and marketplaces, carried out high-profile kidnappings and attacked military convoys. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 Shortly after evacuating, Graham says her house collapsed when unrelenting rain soaked through its roof and walls. Alex Derosier And Alan Suderman, Fox News, "Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence," 21 Sep. 2018 Lost Lake is geeky, with complex tiki drinks, an unrelenting theme, and plenty of banana dolphin garnishes. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Are the World's Best Bars, Says Tales of the Cocktail," 23 July 2018 The slow but unrelenting march of boiling hot lava that consumed hundreds of homes this week has also inundated Hawaii's picturesque Kapoho Bay, turning a playland for water sports into an ominous field of molten rock. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Picturesque Kapoho Bay transformed into lava field as Hawaiian volcano rumbles," 6 June 2018 Undoubtedly the best player of his era and arguably the best player of all-time, James combines freakish physical gifts with an otherworldly basketball IQ and unrelenting drive. Ted Berg, For The Win, "This Week in Taco Bell: LeBron is now 0-for-6 in chances to win America free tacos," 4 June 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

Other Words from unrelenting

unrelentingly adverb

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