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


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

Origin of pitiless

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

Related forms

pit·i·less·ly, adverbpit·i·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

See cruel.
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British Dictionary definitions for pitiless


/ (ˈpɪtɪlɪs) /


having or showing little or no pity or mercy

Derived Forms

pitilessly, adverbpitilessness, noun
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