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unforgiving

[uhn-fer-giv-ing] /ˌʌn fərˈgɪv ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not disposed to forgive or show mercy; unrelenting.
2.
not allowing for mistakes, carelessness, or weakness:
the unforgiving nature of aviation.
Origin of unforgiving
1705-1715
1705-15; un-1 + forgiving
Related forms
unforgivingness, noun
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  • Eliza, with her sensitive, unforgiving nature, could not make allowances.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • It is enough that we will not be proud, resentful, or unforgiving.

  • The Arabs are so unforgiving and revengeful that they will seek to kill a man year after year.

    Far Off Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The unforgiving sunlight seemed to cut the court into two parts.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The warden tilted back in his swivel chair, and gazed at the forgiven, but unforgiving prisoner.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for unforgiving

unforgiving

/ˌʌnfəˈɡɪvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not willing to forgive; unmerciful
2.
(of a machine, system, etc) allowing little or no opportunity for mistakes to be corrected
3.
harsh and unremitting: an unforgiving and desolate landscape
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Word Origin and History for unforgiving
adj.

1713, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of forgive.

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