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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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Examples from the Web for relentlessness
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  • She had softened perhaps from her yesterday's relentlessness.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • How could he stand there so like a machine in his relentlessness?

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • She felt oppressed by the hardness, the 136 relentlessness, of his words, his manner.

  • Mr. Reade traces their history with all the relentlessness of the genealogist.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • And this one, though not so powerful, frightened me the more in his relentlessness.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for relentlessness

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 relentlessness

relentless

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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