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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
1375-1425; late Middle English piteles. See pity, -less
Related forms
pitilessly, adverb
pitilessness, noun
Can be confused
piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pitiless (see synonym study at pitiful)
Synonyms
unmerciful, implacable, relentless. See cruel.
Antonyms
merciful.
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Examples from the Web for pitilessly
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  • She felt as if Felicia had put a gash across her face and as if he were pitilessly jibing at it.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Only her brain seemed on fire, so pitilessly, so horribly alive had it become.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Where doubtless Cromwell ploughed it up, in his young days, pitilessly; and in nowise pausing, as Burns beside his fallen daisy.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 John Ruskin
  • He had pitilessly resolved not to repeat the folly of the previous month.

    Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The kloof was strewn with bodies of khakies, who were sent up as reinforcement and pitilessly shot down by the burghers.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • She was being dressed for a ball, and the room was pitilessly light.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Formerly he had pitilessly enforced his own, compelling the girl of fifteen to wed a man many years her senior.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He had never heard anything so pitilessly strident in his life.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • When his team-mates discovered the failing––and this was immediately––they pitilessly worried his hind legs.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • "You're a—beauty, that's what you are," he said, pitilessly.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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