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relentless

[ri-lent-lis] /rɪˈlɛnt lɪs/
adjective
1.
that does not relent; unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh; unrelenting:
a relentless enemy.
Origin of relentless
1585-1595
1585-95; relent + -less
Related forms
relentlessly, adverb
relentlessness, noun
Synonyms
rigid, unbending, obdurate, adamant, unyielding. See inflexible.
Antonyms
merciful.
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  • Finding Adams relentless, the governor yielded and ordered the regulars away.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • Once enraged, he will seek revenge with relentless pertinacity.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • In an instant the iron pear had slipped between his teeth and had opened its relentless leaves, obedient to the screw.

    Marietta F. Marion Crawford
  • If he had escaped, the pursuit would have been relentless and able.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • How, then, could he be other than relentless and grim and brutally frank.

British Dictionary definitions for relentless

relentless

/rɪˈlɛntlɪs/
adjective
1.
(of an enemy, hostile attitude, etc) implacable; inflexible; inexorable
2.
(of pace or intensity) sustained; unremitting
Derived Forms
relentlessly, adverb
relentlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for relentless
adj.

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

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