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pitiless

[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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Examples from the Web for pitilessly
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  • She was being dressed for a ball, and the room was pitilessly light.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • He 'd shoot you down as pitilessly, too, at one distance as at the other.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • He had never heard anything so pitilessly strident in his life.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • "And I have my two shots to fire yet," he added, pitilessly.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Knight smiled as pitilessly as before, and they went on in silence.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • "You're a—beauty, that's what you are," he said, pitilessly.

  • And the Winter light searched him pitilessly to find that question somewhere in him.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • Only her brain seemed on fire, so pitilessly, so horribly alive had it become.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Old and young, women and children, were pitilessly butchered.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • He had pitilessly resolved not to repeat the folly of the previous month.

    Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for pitilessly

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 pitilessly

pitiless

adj.

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

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