un·​spar·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈsper-iŋ How to pronounce unsparing (audio) \

Definition of unsparing

1 : not merciful or forbearing : hard, ruthless an unsparing satire an unsparing critic
2 : not frugal : liberal, profuse unsparing generosity

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Other Words from unsparing

unsparingly \ ˌən-​ˈsper-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce unsparingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsparing in a Sentence

neighbors were unsparing in their charity when a local family was rendered homeless by a fire unsparing in his criticism of the welfare state
Recent Examples on the Web His allegations, his most detailed to date, are part of an unsparing and deeply personal put-down of the president. CBS News, "Michael Cohen memoir calls Trump "a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator"," 7 Sep. 2020 Cohen’s allegations — his most detailed to date — are part of an unsparing and deeply personal put-down of Trump. Jim Mustian And Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Michael Cohen in tell-all book says Trump thought his supporters would think it’s cool that he ‘slept with a porn star’," 6 Sep. 2020 The film is an unsparing look at the Syrian civil war and Ms. al-Kateab’s decision to raise her daughter, Sama, in Aleppo even as daily airstrikes kill their friends and hit the hospital. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "The Family Scars Left by the Beirut Blast," 3 Sep. 2020 Those are Luster’s opening lines, and the first cue that its unsparing narrator may be looking for love, or something not quite like it, in all the wrong places. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Raven Leilani explores the dark side of sex and young womanhood in Luster: Review," 31 July 2020 The Chinese law professor had stored a few pairs of underwear and a toothbrush in a small bag, close at hand for the day when the police detained him for his unsparing criticism of the Communist Party under Xi Jinping. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Seized by the Police, an Outspoken Chinese Professor Sees Fears Come True," 6 July 2020 In a public mea culpa that was long and unsparing, the company said employees were correct in claiming Adidas had not done enough to hire and promote people of color. oregonlive, "Adidas grass-roots protests over racial inequality leads to big concessions from company," 1 July 2020 The family portrait that emerges is unsparing, but it is tempered with the tenderness of Danler’s language, and with her willingness to reserve her harshest rebukes for herself. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 18 May 2020 For a deep look into this whole issue, micro and macro, read Nikole Hannah-Jones’s memorable, unsparing New York Times Magazine piece from 2016, at . Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "School choice puts parent’s instincts in conflict," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unsparing

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Sep 2020

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“Unsparing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsparing. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsparing

formal : very harsh or severe

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