not sparing; liberal or profuse; excessive.
unmerciful; harsh; severe.

Origin of unsparing

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + sparing
Related formsun·spar·ing·ly, adverbun·spar·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for unsparing

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Examples from the Web for unsparing

Contemporary Examples of unsparing

Historical Examples of unsparing

  • Her unsparing tirade had provoked an outburst of laughter, but not from Robbie.

  • Very soon he was sleeping, snoring on the G string with unsparing pressure.

  • Slaves, as well as slaveholders, use it with an unsparing hand.

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    Frederick Douglass

  • But he was as indolent of mind as he was unsparing of his body.

    O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

  • Only to one class of patient was he merciless and unsparing.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for unsparing



not sparing or frugal; lavish; profuse
showing harshness or severity; unmerciful
Derived Formsunsparingly, adverbunsparingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsparing

"showing no mercy," 1580s, from un- (1) "not" + sparing (see spare (v.)). Related: Unsparingly.

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