not disposed to forgive or show mercy; unrelenting.
not allowing for mistakes, carelessness, or weakness: the unforgiving nature of aviation.
- un·for·giv·ing·ness, noun
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How to use unforgiving in a sentence
For example, to cite Hoover again, popular memory is especially unforgiving of his handling of the Great Depression.
Finally, the sea is a corrosive, unforgiving environment, and operating these craft for months on end offers a distinct challenge for their batteries, hulls and communication systems.
Bunch the towel up against the sides to keep the bird from whacking itself against unforgiving cardboard or plastic.
That’s because when you jump, especially on an unforgiving surface such as pavement, the force created when your body lands can be harmful if you don’t have the muscle to deal with it, he says.
As you can see, Riddler Pinball is an unforgiving game — the slightest error can tank your chances of victory.
In any case, Pakistan as a nation has been unforgiving of any slights against Islam.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy | Shaheen Pasha | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This week, Trierweiler, 49, matches that public affront with a statement of her own—in 320 unforgiving pages.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All | Tracy McNicoll | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After their cliffhanging draw against Ghana, expect the Germans to be clinical—and unforgiving of American errors.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory | Tunku Varadarajan | June 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Consequently, he was booed every time he touched the ball by the boorish, and unforgiving, Brazilians in the crowd.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014 | Tunku Varadarajan | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The unforgiving world of Game of Thrones can make even people like Arya become hard.‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, on Her Big Premiere Episode ‘Two Swords’ | Marlow Stern | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The prince's habits were dissolute and extravagant; he was an undutiful son, and the king a somewhat unforgiving father.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Surely John Carvel, with his great, kind heart, would not be unforgiving.Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
He knew something of the Chinese, something of their uncanny patience, something of their unforgiving nature.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
If I don't go up-stairs I shall be late, and then her Grace will look at me with unforgiving eyes.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
Can you expect pardon of God, while living in the indulgence of an unforgiving spirit towards your fellow-creatures?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
British Dictionary definitions for unforgiving
not willing to forgive; unmerciful
(of a machine, system, etc) allowing little or no opportunity for mistakes to be corrected
harsh and unremitting: an unforgiving and desolate landscape
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