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unmerciful

[uhn-mur-si-fuh l] /ʌnˈmɜr sɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
merciless; relentless; severe; cruel; pitiless.
2.
unsparingly great, extreme, or excessive, as amounts:
to talk for an unmerciful length of time.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; un-1 + merciful
Related forms
unmercifully, adverb
unmercifulness, noun
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  • Hopefully no-one put an unmerciful interpretation on the closing quote of the article.
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  • His malady was that dread and unmerciful enemy of the human race, consumption.
  • The mob caught him and gave him an unmerciful whipping for false swearing.
British Dictionary definitions for unmerciful

unmerciful

/ʌnˈmɜːsɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
showing no mercy; relentless
2.
extreme or excessive
Derived Forms
unmercifully, adverb
unmercifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmerciful
adj.

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + merciful. Related: Unmercifully.

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