Definition of merciless in English:

merciless

adjective

  • Showing no mercy.

    ‘a merciless attack with a blunt instrument’
    figurative ‘the merciless summer heat’
    • ‘Why be so merciless to her and treat someone who proposes evil with kid gloves?’
    • ‘No one can deny that Jews have suffered merciless oppression during their history.’
    • ‘In the year of this merciless trickster, it's best to be flexible.’
    • ‘He was cruel and merciless, and has been said to treat his dogs in a higher respect than his women.’
    • ‘It is because they are a tough, determined unit able to pounce on any opportunity and are also merciless towards their own players.’
    • ‘History has repeatedly told the merciless lesson that underrating the potential of weird ideas is dearly bought.’
    • ‘On Friday morning it was being blasted by a merciless wind from across the vast, dry plains to the southwest, presaging a storm.’
    • ‘His is the humour of merciless exposure to our own absurdities.’
    • ‘Success here is only the first step towards a very high target, which imposes merciless requirements.’
    • ‘A steel spike, cruel and merciless, no mere toy to project an image of courage and fearlessness.’
    • ‘He didn't want Hakida to think him a heartless, merciless killer, as that wasn't it.’
    • ‘The judge described the attack as savage and merciless.’
    • ‘The film opens in 1950 as Franta languishes in a merciless labour camp.’
    • ‘They will intone that killing civilians is cowardly and warrants swift and merciless punishment.’
    • ‘This is a terrorist attack, a merciless evil that should exist in no world.’
    • ‘Football can be a cruel business and the Premiership is one of the most merciless and unforgiving of all leagues.’
    • ‘The winters were brutal and the black flies were merciless in the summer.’
    • ‘The resulting progeny is a group of merciless blonde-haired kids who do mom's bidding, no matter how messy.’
    • ‘Below us is the Indian Ocean, looking seductive and innocent where once it was cruel and merciless.’
    • ‘All parties agreed that he was a brutal, merciless tyrant whose removal was desirable.’
    ruthless, remorseless, pitiless, unmerciful, unforgiving, uncharitable, unsparing, unpitying, implacable, inexorable, relentless, inflexible, barbarous, inhumane, inhuman, cold-blooded, hard-hearted, stony-hearted, heartless, harsh, callous, cruel, brutal, cut-throat, unsympathetic, unfeeling, illiberal, intolerant, rigid, severe, stern
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Pronunciation

merciless

/ˈməːsɪlɪs/