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
Recent Examples on the Web There was, instead, a matter-of-fact assessment of his own diminished position in the race, followed by an equally unsparing recitation of the policy challenges Mr. Sanders intended to put to Mr. Biden in the coming days. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Made a Big Concession Speech. Just Not the Usual Kind.," 11 Mar. 2020 In this attempt at unearthing, her prose combines the spare and the unsparing. Madeleine Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A Memoirist Who Mistrusts Her Own Memories," 13 Apr. 2020 First Cow is a masterwork of indie cinema—a tale that’s both charming and unsparing, suffused with equal measures of wonder and dread. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Film That You Might Not Hear About but Have to See," 10 Mar. 2020 But the pandemic’s unsparing ability to torpedo even our most pivotal moments has nonetheless brought a mix of crushing disappointment, on-the-fly workarounds and life-affirming shifts in perspective. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "From weddings to dream trips, how coronavirus is canceling some of life's seminal moments," 3 Apr. 2020 That experience of policy whiplash is what many of Taylor’s current and former colleagues said led to his transformation from a typically low-key diplomat to the man who delivered an unsparing critique of the Trump administration’s Ukraine policy. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Bill Taylor spent years fighting corruption in Ukraine. His last four months under Trump were the ‘antithesis’ of that.," 23 Oct. 2019 Kindred is unsparing in its descriptions of race and violence, and Butler renders Dana’s journey with such emotional acuity that the physical experience of reading the book can oftentimes be painful. Leah Carroll, refinery29.com, "8 Books That Celebrate Complicated Women," 10 Mar. 2020 The precision and subtlety of Patchett’s observations about family, her deft absorption and redeployment of a host of literary modes and models, and her narrator’s unsparing honesty are all deserving of high praise. BostonGlobe.com, "jiyeun kang for the boston globe," 20 Sep. 2019 In his place was Deborah Dugan, a charismatic executive who had led Bono’s Red charity and came armed with an ambitious and unsparing diversity report by a task force led by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "How the Grammys and Deborah Dugan Went From Hello to War in 5 Months," 23 Jan. 2020

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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 24 May. 2020.

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formal : very harsh or severe

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