merciless

[ mur-si-lis ]
/ ˈmɜr sɪ lɪs /

adjective

without mercy; having or showing no mercy; pitiless; cruel: a merciless critic.

Nearby words

  1. mercier,
  2. mercier's bar,
  3. mercier, désiré joseph,
  4. merciful,
  5. mercifully,
  6. mercilessly,
  7. merckx,
  8. merckx, eddy,
  9. mercosur,
  10. mercouri

Origin of merciless

First recorded in 1300–50, merciless is from the Middle English word mercyles. See mercy, -less

Related formsmer·ci·less·ly, adverbmer·ci·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mercilessly

merciless

/ (ˈmɜːsɪlɪs) /

adjective

without mercy; pitiless, cruel, or heartless
Derived Formsmercilessly, adverbmercilessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mercilessly

merciless

adj.

late 14c., see mercy + -less. Related: Mercilessly.

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