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

Other Words from unrelieved

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 How, then, can the L.A. of unrelieved light be also the L.A. of noir film and fiction? Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 His own habitual habit is black pants and turtleneck, quite unrelieved by color or ornament. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 11 June 2021 My guess is that Hunter meant for the Denhams’ plight to symbolize the condition of England after World War II, when unrelieved gray austerity was a way of daily life. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Yet Clarke recalls this period as one of unrelieved disability. Laura Miller, The New Yorker, 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, 18 Aug. 2020 His tone hinted at still-unrelieved, helpless terror. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 19 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of unrelieved

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrelieved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrelieved. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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