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 One of the most valuable assets a hunter can have is an unrelenting persistence. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "New Hunting Gear is Great, But Confidence is the Real Key," 17 June 2020 The world knows Eric Garner’s name because the moments when that heart gave out, under the unrelenting stress of the officer’s grip, were captured on video. Brianna Milord, The New Yorker, "Eric Garner’s Family Is Still Grieving," 12 June 2020 On Wednesday, Lions defensive coordinator Cory Undlin became the latest to tell his tale about Okudah’s unrelenting passion for football. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator said about rookie Jeff Okudah," 18 June 2020 Back in March, when the coronavirus pandemic first began to take an unrelenting grip on Italy and Europe, Dybala was one of the first high-profile sportsmen to test positive for Covid-19. Matias Grez, CNN, "Paulo Dybala: The boy from the town "where dreams seem unreachable" who became a global superstar," 18 June 2020 There’s no guarantee that the right things will happen, and the pressure must be unrelenting, but what was impossible weeks ago now seems, at the least, plausible. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "How Public Opinion Changes for the Better," 17 June 2020 The cooler temperatures will come after days of unrelenting heat. Alana Minkler, azcentral, "Lower temperatures in Phoenix, but drier air may worsen wildfires," 17 June 2020 Throughout its 92-minute run time, that moral quandary proves unrelenting. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt has faced death on screen before, but never like in 7500," 16 June 2020 Alongside a project in southern France, this will count as the last work by Niemeyer, the progenitor of sensual architectural curves that complemented modernism’s unrelenting cubes. The Economist, "Living wills In the world of architecture, death is not always fatal," 13 June 2020

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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 12 Jul. 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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