- mer·ci·less·ly, adverb
- mer·ci·less·ness, noun
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How to use merciless in a sentence
His voice was a merciless whip on my back, seeking to whip me like a vile sinner.
The officers are merciless and wipe out any trace of cooked food.
Each remembrance was a merciless sting that I inflicted on myself, especially when I learned that my father had traveled to Cuba for the occasion after several years away during this time of the year.
The second sentence seemingly negates the second point to some degree, but more than anything, I think it’s an indictment of how merciless this industry can be.
They saw a war with no end, a merciless and destructive juggernaut that was upending communities, families and individual lives — to little purpose.The War on Drugs turns 50 today. It’s time to make peace. | David Farber | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
If mercy is not preached by a national figure we take seriously, our battles over policy power will grow ever more merciless.
Dovlatov was a merciless opponent of oppression, whose chief weapon was one dictatorships are rarely good at facing: humor.
The Soviet regime was merciless to its opponents, and millions suffered and perished in its labor camp.
The biggest con: Washington is a merciless meat-grinder of a place that ends as many political careers as it launches.With Julian Castro Taking Over at HUD, a New Political Dynasty Is in the Making | Ruben Navarrette Jr. | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Life was merciless, then briefly miraculous,” Phillips writes toward the end of Quiet Dell.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel | Jane Ciabattari | October 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Long before reason found the answer, instinct—swift, merciless interpreter—told him plainly.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
It was merciless and terrible—so slightly, faintly indicated, yet so overwhelmingly convincing.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
"And if it is not brought home to you—the fact remains the same," said Mr. Carr, in his merciless truth.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The merciless commissioners had ordered her to be incarcerated in a cell which no beam of light could penetrate.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Her husband is a fugitive, pursued by human blood-hounds more merciless than the brute.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for merciless
without mercy; pitiless, cruel, or heartless
- mercilessly, adverb
- mercilessness, noun
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