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merciless

[mur-si-lis] /ˈmɜr sɪ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without mercy; having or showing no mercy; pitiless; cruel:
a merciless critic.
Origin of merciless
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English mercyles. See mercy, -less
Related forms
mercilessly, adverb
mercilessness, noun
Synonyms
hard, relentless, unrelenting, fell, unsympathetic, inexorable.
Antonyms
compassionate.
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  • The rest were driven back and mercilessly cut down by their pursuers.

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British Dictionary definitions for mercilessly

merciless

/ˈmɜːsɪlɪs/
adjective
1.
without mercy; pitiless, cruel, or heartless
Derived Forms
mercilessly, adverb
mercilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mercilessly

merciless

adj.

late 14c., see mercy + -less. Related: Mercilessly.

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