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


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

Synonyms for pitiless

Synonym study

See cruel.

Antonyms for pitiless

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British Dictionary definitions for pitilessly



having or showing little or no pity or mercy
Derived Formspitilessly, adverbpitilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pitilessly



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

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