verb (used without object)
to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate, or forgiving.
to become less severe; slacken: The winds relented.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to cause to soften in feeling, temper, or determination.
Obsolete. to cause to slacken; abate.
Obsolete. to abandon; relinquish.

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin *relentāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + lentāre to bend, derivative of lentus flexible, viscous, slow

relentingly, adverb
nonrelenting, adjective
unrelented, adjective

1. bend, yield. Unabridged
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relent (rɪˈlɛnt)
1.  to change one's mind about some decided course, esp a harsh one; become more mild or amenable
2.  (of the pace or intensity of something) to slacken
3.  (of the weather) to become more mild
[C14: from re- + Latin lentāre to bend, from lentus flexible, tenacious]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to melt, soften, dissolve," from re-, intensive prefix + L. lentus "slow, viscous, supple" (see lithe). Sense of "become less harsh or cruel" first recorded 1520s. The notion is probably of a hard heart melting with pity.
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