unsparing

[ uhn-spair-ing ]
/ ʌnˈspɛər ɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. unsophisticated,
  2. unsought,
  3. unsound,
  4. unsoundly,
  5. unsourced,
  6. unsparingly,
  7. unspeak,
  8. unspeakable,
  9. unspecific,
  10. unspecified

Origin of unsparing

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + sparing

Related formsun·spar·ing·ly, adverbun·spar·ing·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unsparing

unsparing

/ (ʌnˈspɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

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

unsparing

adj.

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

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