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relentless

[ri-lent-lis]
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adjective
  1. that does not relent; unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh; unrelenting: a relentless enemy.
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Origin of relentless

First recorded in 1585–95; relent + -less
Related formsre·lent·less·ly, adverbre·lent·less·ness, noun

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  • Strive and grope as he would, the thing had driven him on relentlessly.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She would be cross-examined, kindly enough but relentlessly.

  • The vivid image of Miss Haldin seemed to stand by him, watching him relentlessly.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • The dream moved on relentlessly toward its inevitable catastrophe.

    Possessed

    Cleveland Moffett

  • “Hit's the fourth time since sorghum time,” the boy went on relentlessly.


British Dictionary definitions for relentlessly

relentless

adjective
  1. (of an enemy, hostile attitude, etc) implacable; inflexible; inexorable
  2. (of pace or intensity) sustained; unremitting
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Derived Formsrelentlessly, adverbrelentlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for relentlessly

relentless

adj.

1590s, from relent + -less. Related: Relentlessly; relentlessness.

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