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[pit-i-lis, pit-ee-] /ˈpɪt ɪ lɪs, ˈpɪt i-/
adjective
1.
feeling or showing no pity; merciless:
pitiless criticism of his last novel.
Origin of pitiless
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, pitiless is from the late Middle English word piteles. See pity, -less
Related forms
pitilessly, adverb
pitilessness, noun
Synonyms
unmerciful, implacable, relentless.
Antonyms
merciful.
Synonym Study
See cruel.
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  • From one motive or another the Cravens had consistently been pitiless to their womenkind.

  • "Pills the Less" sent for his senior, and "Pills the pitiless" more than ever deserved his name.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • It detached the enemy from his base as a sponge is torn from a rock, and left him ringed about with fire in that pitiless plain.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • The pitiless, driving snow instantly levelled off every mark.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • "Jessie Ball is bent on impressing Ethan," thought the pitiless young observer.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for pitiless

pitiless

/ˈpɪtɪlɪs/
adjective
1.
having or showing little or no pity or mercy
Derived Forms
pitilessly, adverb
pitilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pitiless
adj.

early 15c., from pity + -less. Related: Pitilessly; pitilessness.

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