un·​spar·​ing ˌən-ˈsper-iŋ How to pronounce unsparing (audio)
: not merciful or forbearing : hard, ruthless
an unsparing satire
an unsparing critic
: not frugal : liberal, profuse
unsparing generosity
unsparingly adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsparing was circa 1586

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“Unsparing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsparing. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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un·​spar·​ing ˌən-ˈspa(ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce unsparing (audio)
: not merciful or forgiving : hard, ruthless
unsparing attacks
: not stingy : liberal
unsparing in their gifts to charity
unsparingly adverb
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