unsparing

adjective un·spar·ing \ ˌən-ˈsper-iŋ \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

Definition of unsparing

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

unsparingly

play \ˌən-ˈsper-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of unsparing in a Sentence

  1. neighbors were unsparing in their charity when a local family was rendered homeless by a fire

  2. unsparing in his criticism of the welfare state

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First Known Use of unsparing

circa 1586

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNSPARING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unsparing for English Language Learners

  • : very harsh or severe



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