un·​re·​lieved | \ ˌən-ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce unrelieved (audio) \

Definition of unrelieved

: not relieved a grim story unrelieved by humor : such as
a : not given relief : furnished no assistance, remedy, or mitigation chronic, unrelieved stress/pain unrelieved poverty
b : not including anything that provides a desirable change : monotonous, unvarying Across that endless, unrelieved grassland came a tumultuous rainstorm …— James Michener

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unrelievedly \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce unrelieved (audio) \ adverb
If the past several paragraphs have sounded too unrelievedly negative, I hasten to make partial amends. — Karen Morin

Examples of unrelieved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet Clarke recalls this period as one of unrelieved disability. Laura Miller, The New Yorker, "Susanna Clarke’s Fantasy World of Interiors," 7 Sep. 2020 As material for art, emergency medicine, like the climate crisis, would seem, given its tendency toward unrelieved crescendo, both appealing and treacherous. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 18 Aug. 2020 His tone hinted at still-unrelieved, helpless terror. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 The reason for buying the reissue of an 18-year-old book: Fleming aims for intensity of flavor and respect for seasonality and primary ingredients over show or unrelieved sweet richness. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "The 5 Best Cookbooks of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 That voice is both dramatic and poetic, informational and expressive, collecting shards of observations and reminiscences, pushing unrelieved tensions to the fore and turning his story into a crisis of consciousness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra,” Reviewed: James Gray’s Masterwork of Personal Film in an Alien Setting," 19 Sep. 2019 Omar said his tenure at KTU has been an unrelieved nightmare. Ken Silverstein, The New Republic, "Shock Corridor," 19 Aug. 2019 Eligible patients must be diagnosed with an incurable disease or a condition that causes intolerable, unrelieved suffering. Washington Post, "Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state," 20 June 2019 Yet the feelings evoked by these often grim stories affect us differently than does the unrelieved gloom spread over Jude. BostonGlobe.com, "A writer’s writer and the inevitability of bad times," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unrelieved

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrelieved was circa 1525

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“Unrelieved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrelieved. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrelieved

of something unpleasant : continuing without stopping or changing
: not including anything that provides a desirable change

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