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 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 bills are as unrelenting as a shark that smells blood in the water. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Michigan bowling alley owner posts obituary for 'dying' business closed during pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 The bills are as unrelenting as a shark that smells blood in the water. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 16: Pandemic, transition, government hack, El Salvador, Hungary," 16 Dec. 2020 Just two years from celebrating centenarian status, Richardson, now a grandmother of two and a great-grandmother, is still as unrelenting as that woman who pushed aside the bayonet. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Gloria Richardson pushed aside a bayonet as a ’60s civil rights activist. Now 98, she wants the new generation to fight on.," 11 Dec. 2020 Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, a close Kremlin ally, is facing unprecedented and unrelenting popular protests against his efforts to remain in office. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "For Some in Russia’s Elite, Putin’s Future Is Again a Hot Topic," 20 Dec. 2020 In a year of unrelenting stress and pain, a lot of people have grabbed the opportunity to pause—and the tree that symbolizes it—with both hands. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Have Yourself a Million Little Christmases," 16 Dec. 2020 The lives lost to the coronavirus are daily and unrelenting. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh died a millionaire, but without a will. Make sure you have one, no matter how much you’re worth.," 7 Dec. 2020 In interviews, more than two dozen frontline medical workers described the unrelenting stress that has become an endemic part of the health care crisis nationwide. New York Times, "Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’," 25 Nov. 2020 Theresa Weiler, the supervisor of a COVID-19 ward at Marshfield Medical Center in Wisconsin, described the unrelenting stress to CBS News. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "U.S. breaks daily record with more than 187,000 new COVID-19 cases," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unrelenting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unrelenting was in 1590

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17 Jan 2021

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“Unrelenting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrelenting. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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