unsparing

adjective
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

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The writing crackles, the insights are unsparing and the book delivers a witty, satirical picture of Hindu mythology and the formation of modern India, warts and all. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Black Utopias to a ‘Little Women’ Tribute," 27 Aug. 2019 Fittingly for a car designer, he is driven — by ambition and obsessive perfectionism, instilled in him by the spartan discipline of a beloved but unsparing father. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: On the field, behind the camera, at the wheel, in the lab," 7 Aug. 2019 Now Aster returns with Midsommar, which couldn’t be more different: Its action occurs under the unsparing, perpetual daylight of a Scandinavian summer. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 Sendak captured Janacek’s seductive yet unsparing vision of the natural world. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer," 27 June 2019 In Poland, her books have elicited widespread acclaim, but also outpourings of reactionary vitriol, including death threats for her unsparing depiction of Polish anti-Semitism. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 The unsparing ingenuity of U.S. scientists and industry to overcome long odds. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Apollo 11 moon landing celebrated as pioneering milestone, but it was really about winning the space race," 17 July 2019 The reaction to his arrest has been unsparing, hitting a collective nerve about moral responsibility and failure to act in the midst of a horrific attack. oregonlive.com, "He’ll go down in history as a coward, but is he a criminal?," 16 June 2019 The reaction to his arrest has been unsparing, hitting a collective nerve about moral responsibility and failure to act in the midst of a horrific attack. oregonlive.com, "He’ll go down in history as a coward, but is he a criminal?," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of unsparing

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unsparing was circa 1586

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unsparing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsparing

formal : very harsh or severe

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