unrelenting

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web That was followed by a heavy winter snowpack and unrelenting spring rains. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 2019 All with a certain grace, and a certain unrelenting levity. Shailene Woodley, Time, "Shailene Woodley: How I'm Changing My Life to Help Save the Seas," 4 Sep. 2019 The state's generators made a killing this week as unrelenting heat sent electricity prices skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, briefly blowing past the $9,000-a-megawatt-hour ceiling. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Does Texas need to build more power plants? State's electricity use puts focus on record demand," 14 Aug. 2019 For Faulkner's white Southerners, losers of the Civil War, the price is guilt, rage and madness; for Morrison's slaves and their descendants, supposedly liberated, history follows like the most unrelenting posse. Hillel Italie, Fortune, "Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 For Faulkner's white Southerners, losers of the Civil War, the price is guilt, rage and madness; for Morrison's slaves and their descendants, supposedly liberated, history follows like the most unrelenting posse. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Author Toni Morrison remembered for her 'visionary force'," 6 Aug. 2019 That unrelenting focus opened the gates for Mr Trump’s wilder attacks on his opponent. The Economist, "A full-court press," 14 Sep. 2019 The unrelenting Category 5 storm blew the tops off five oil storage tanks holding an estimated 1.8 million barrels on Grand Bahama, the northernmost island in the Bahamas — and just 64 miles east of Palm Beach County’s coastline. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Tropical storm hampers cleanup of Bahamas oil spill caused by Dorian," 14 Sep. 2019 Some of Boochani’s most vivid descriptions concern the smells of the camp: the unrelenting odor of men’s bodies in extreme heat, the inescapable smell of foul breath in close quarters. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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unrelenting

adjective
How to pronounce unrelenting (audio)

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

unrelenting

adjective
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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