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relentless

[ri-lent-lis]
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  1. that does not relent; unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh; unrelenting: a relentless enemy.

Origin of relentless

First recorded in 1585–95; relent + -less
Related formsre·lent·less·ly, adverbre·lent·less·ness, noun

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rigid, unbending, obdurate, adamant, unyielding. See inflexible.

Antonyms

merciful.
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relentless

adjective
  1. (of an enemy, hostile attitude, etc) implacable; inflexible; inexorable
  2. (of pace or intensity) sustained; unremitting
Derived Formsrelentlessly, adverbrelentlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for relentless

adj.

1590s, from relent + -less. Related: Relentlessly; relentlessness.

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