un·​re·​lieved | \ ˌən-ri-ˈlēvd \

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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Other Words from unrelieved

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

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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 Bloomberg View contributor Ramesh Ponnuru presents a commentary arguing that the history of U.S. protectionism has been, on the whole, one of almost unrelieved failure. Bloomberg.com, "Ramesh Ponnuru on the Errors of Protectionism: View (Audio)," 24 Aug. 2017 In yoga, the hips are often referred to as storehouses for tension and unrelieved emotions. Chloe Kernaghan, Time, "Try This 10-Minute Yoga Routine to Help Increase Your Hip Flexibility," 29 May 2018 Rather than wrestle her subject into more comfortable territory, Khakpour forces her reader to deal with unrelieved uncertainty. Lidija Haas, The New Yorker, "Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief," 17 June 2014 Never guilty of unrelieved kindness toward his characters, Trevor seems overtly punitive in some of these stories. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 The account of the unrelieved tragedy of her life went far beyond anything which anyone had ever described to me in spoken words. Charles Mcgrath, New York Times, "No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say," 16 Jan. 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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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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