pitiless

[ pit-i-lis, pit-ee- ]
/ ˈpɪt ɪ lɪs, ˈpɪt i- /

adjective

feeling or showing no pity; merciless: pitiless criticism of his last novel.

Nearby words

  1. pithy,
  2. pitiable,
  3. pitier,
  4. pitiful,
  5. pitifully,
  6. pitilessly,
  7. pitjantjatjara,
  8. pitman,
  9. pitman, sir isaac,
  10. pitocin

Origin of pitiless

First recorded in 1375–1425, pitiless is from the late Middle English word piteles. See pity, -less

Related formspit·i·less·ly, adverbpit·i·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

See cruel.

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British Dictionary definitions for pitiless

pitiless

/ (ˈpɪtɪlɪs) /

adjective

having or showing little or no pity or mercy
Derived Formspitilessly, adverbpitilessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for pitiless

pitiless

adj.

early 15c., from pity + -less. Related: Pitilessly; pitilessness.

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