[ pit-i-lis, pit-ee- ]
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  1. 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

synonym study For pitiless

See cruel.

Other words for pitiless

Opposites for pitiless

Other words from pitiless

  • pit·i·less·ly, adverb
  • pit·i·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby pitiless

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How to use pitiless in a sentence

  • Whenever she was unhappy she felt herself at bay against a pitiless world, and a kind of animal secretiveness possessed her.

    Summer | Edith Wharton
  • She heard the sound of the snow crunching under a heavy step, and knew that the pitiless spy was on her track.

    An Episode Under the Terror | Honore de Balzac
  • Now an artist who feels restraint is pitiless; he stays away, or laughs it to scorn.

  • Princes, magistrates, and judges become inhuman and pitiless as soon as there is a question of the interests of religion.

    Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
  • He gave up praying to the pitiless, who could look down and laugh at his death-agony, and he cried upon the absent only.

British Dictionary definitions for pitiless


/ (ˈpɪtɪlɪs) /

  1. having or showing little or no pity or mercy

Derived forms of pitiless

  • pitilessly, adverb
  • pitilessness, noun

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