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[uhn-spair-ing] /ʌnˈspɛər ɪŋ/
not sparing; liberal or profuse; excessive.
unmerciful; harsh; severe.
Origin of unsparing
1580-90; un-1 + sparing
Related forms
unsparingly, adverb
unsparingness, noun
1. generous, lavish, bountiful. 2. merciless, unrelenting, relentless. Unabridged
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  • The author is unsparing in his approach to what he sees as historical myths.
  • Critics are especially unsparing about the government's decision to wait six days before announcing the results.
  • Not that there were no allegations of corruption right under its nose but that it was unsparing on them.
  • He should yield to neither hatred nor affection, but should be unsparing and unpitying.
  • Her sarcasm searched the ranks of the officials with the deadly and unsparing precision of a machine-gun.
  • Its theme is mob violence, its approach is coldly judicial, its treatment as relentless and unsparing as the lynching it portrays.
  • With all due respect to her reputation for unsparing honesty, it must be said that this statement is not true.
  • He drew on a deeper vitality, unsparing but confident.
  • His riot of voices and song is unsparing of parents, ex-lovers and himself.
  • Our examination of shortcomings of our financial markets must be unsparing.
British Dictionary definitions for unsparing


not sparing or frugal; lavish; profuse
showing harshness or severity; unmerciful
Derived Forms
unsparingly, adverb
unsparingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsparing

"showing no mercy," 1580s, from un- (1) "not" + sparing (see spare (v.)). Related: Unsparingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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