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[mur-si-lis] /ˈmɜr sɪ lɪs/
without mercy; having or showing no mercy; pitiless; cruel:
a merciless critic.
1300-50; Middle English mercyles. See mercy, -less
Related forms
mercilessly, adverb
mercilessness, noun
hard, relentless, unrelenting, fell, unsympathetic, inexorable.
compassionate. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mercilessly


without mercy; pitiless, cruel, or heartless
Derived Forms
mercilessly, adverb
mercilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mercilessly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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