- without mercy; having or showing no mercy; pitiless; cruel: a merciless critic.
Origin of merciless
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hard, relentless, unrelenting, fell, unsympathetic, inexorable.
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Examples from the Web for merciless
Dovlatov was a merciless opponent of oppression, whose chief weapon was one dictatorships are rarely good at facing: humor.
The Soviet regime was merciless to its opponents, and millions suffered and perished in its labor camp.
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“Life was merciless, then briefly miraculous,” Phillips writes toward the end of Quiet Dell.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
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Up to a certain moment they were all bitter and merciless toward him.In the Valley
They hang their heads in shame under the merciless but just accusation.
It still regarded them with the merciless wistfulness of hunger.
He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.
It was a merciless deed, and yet such was the character of all warfare at the time.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- without mercy; pitiless, cruel, or heartless
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Word Origin and History for merciless
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