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1Unable to be appeased or placated:‘he was an implacable enemy of Ted's’
unappeasable, unpacifiable, unplacatable, unmollifiable, unforgiving, unsparing, grudge-holdinginexorable, intransigent, adamant, determined, unshakeable, unswerving, unwavering, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, relentless, ruthless, remorseless, merciless, pitiless, heartless, cruel, hard, harsh, stern, steely, toughView synonyms
- ‘Do they imagine that the timely renunciation of resolve can placate an implacable foe?’
- ‘The man who is supposed to be protecting them is somehow their fiercest and most implacable enemy.’
- ‘Her attitude to the new contracts remained implacable.’
- ‘But this would also be a process in which constitutional nationalism adopted a harder and more implacable position.’
- ‘He felt a mixture of anger, frustration and hopelessness at fighting against a seemingly implacable system.’
- ‘Here there is, as I find, no such opposition and certainly no implacable hostility on mother's part.’
- ‘Your nation endured the blitz to prevail over an implacable foe.’
- ‘Rationally, most people understand that civilised life in this country faces a heartless and implacable foe who is prepared to strike as often and as cruelly as possible.’
- ‘Hardly a week goes by without some industry organisation stating its implacable opposition to the idea.’
- ‘He was conscious though, and gave her a glare of implacable hatred.’
- ‘When the young girl refuses, the two become implacable opponents.’
- ‘Jack, resolute, determined, implacable, was never much for glad - handing.’
- ‘Yet the market remains implacable - febrile and unknowable.’
- ‘I am an implacable opponent of most of what this government does.’
- ‘And what he saw inspired in him a deadly, implacable hatred.’
- ‘Investigations by The Sunday Times indicate that he will face implacable opposition from every Premiership club.’
- ‘Maybe they see insects as implacable foes, sure to strike fear in the hearts of enemies.’
- ‘In more civilized times even the most implacable enemies were treated with dignity.’
- ‘Today's enemy, however, is not a philosophy that condemned millions, but an implacable, unappeasable, pitiless fanaticism that exists on the very fringes of humanity.’
- ‘It is easy dealing with an implacable enemy.’
- 1.1 Unable to be stopped; relentless:‘the implacable advance of the enemy’
- ‘This madness is the implacable and relentless determination to kill insight and awareness, even at the expense of destroying the island they depend on.’
- ‘But his hostility to the devil is implacable, utter, and steely.’
- ‘English fortresses fell one by one before his implacable determination.’
- ‘The movie's pace is as relentless and implacable as its villain.’
Late Middle English: from Latin implacabilis, from in- not + placabilis (see placable).
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