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 unsparing (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 Several of the circle put analysis of U.S. empire front and center, forming a loose network of left-wing critics of U.S. foreign policy that embraced an unsparing intellectual style. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 This unsparing history delves into French colonial archives detailing the deadly construction of the Congo-Océan Railroad. The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 In Herat, two alleged looters are paraded through the streets with black makeup smeared on their faces, reminders of the unsparing version of Islamic law the Taliban has imposed. Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2021 That imbalance turns out to be crucial to this film’s indictment of the cruelty that is excused in the name of genius, its unsparing dissection of male entitlement. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Cravon Gillespie, another member of the relay, was equally unsparing. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Pelosi made one of the two Republicans — Liz Cheney of Wyoming, an unsparing critic of Trump — one of her appointments to the panel. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Pelosi made one of the two Republicans — Liz Cheney of Wyoming, an unsparing critic of Trump — one of her appointments to the panel. Kevin Freking, ajc, 2 July 2021 What is the point of epic or romance, heroic achievements or grand passions, in the unsparing light of eternity? Catherine Nicholson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsparing. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsparing

: very harsh or severe


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