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 Severe weather for starters: a record heat wave on a shadeless course in 2018 and unrelenting, miserably cold rain in year two. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "PGA Tour says AT&T Byron Nelson tournament will move after 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 The Bloomberg news director says the rally in the S&P 500 has been so intense and unrelenting that Tuesday’s 0.27% decline felt like a selloff, and yesterday’s 0.03% gain felt like a modest decline. Josh Petri, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 29 Apr. 2020 And just as the biggest deal of his life is on the horizon, NBA superstar Kevin Garnett (playing himself) walks into Howard's diamond shop, setting off an unrelenting and anxious-filled few days for him — and viewers. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "This is how we all win: Netflix reveals Uncut Gems will start streaming in May," 1 Apr. 2020 Despite the unrelenting violence, which can be viewed daily through images posted to social media, the Trump Administration has done little to staunch the bloodshed. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Violence In Syria Stokes Fears Of A Coming ‘Bloodbath.’ Will Trump Act?," 21 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, much of the United States baked in an unrelenting heat wave, with day after day in the 90s. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump better know how to swim — sea-level rise may claim Mar-a-Lago," 18 Aug. 2019 Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park—was so densely and fastidiously produced, so airless and unrelenting, that listening to it felt like getting whopped in the face with a snowball. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Brittany Howard’s Transformation," 20 Apr. 2020 The sudden and unrelenting pressure of serving 200 million daily users has pushed Zoom to ramp up hiring in engineering, sales and customer support. NBC News, "'Every day is a crisis': Zoom boosts its security as scrutiny grows," 30 Mar. 2020 There was a time when Marion Thomas took 14 different medications for a severe medical condition, coped with unrelenting pain and made plans to die. Carmina Danini, ExpressNews.com, "Blessed Angels nonprofit helps San Antonians and area residents of all ages with food, school supplies, clothing and love," 24 Dec. 2019

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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