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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
First recorded in 1585-95; relent + -less
Related forms
relentlessly, adverb
relentlessness, noun
Synonyms
rigid, unbending, obdurate, adamant, unyielding. See inflexible.
Antonyms
merciful.
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  • Strive and grope as he would, the thing had driven him on relentlessly.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She would be cross-examined, kindly enough but relentlessly.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • The vivid image of Miss Haldin seemed to stand by him, watching him relentlessly.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The dream moved on relentlessly toward its inevitable catastrophe.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • “Hit's the fourth time since sorghum time,” the boy went on relentlessly.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
British Dictionary definitions for relentlessly

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 relentlessly

relentless

adj.

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

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