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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Kamala Harris’s unsparing sharpness and unsentimental willingness to flay Biden onstage only served to highlight that fact. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate 2019: Kamala Harris Exposed the Biden Weaknesses That Trump Will Exploit," 28 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 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. Washington Post, "Is cowardice a crime? Scot Peterson’s failure leaves us with complicated questions," 14 June 2019 Yet that unsparing critique doesn’t fully reflect the negotiations that played out in a small roof-top conference room on the UN’s campus in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "The world agrees there's a plastic waste crisis—can it agree on a solution?," 25 Mar. 2019 After all, their books and articles are full of unsparing facts and observations about the president—and those quotes came from White House staffers and other administration officials. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows," 27 Dec. 2018 Bryan Mealer’s family history is sympathetic but unsparing, probing the welter of tough circumstances that impoverished generations of his father’s people. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "What to Give: History Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, Brown paints a sympathetic but unsparing portrait of a frustrated intelligence lashing out in petty cruelty at a world that has given her nothing to do with her life. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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