Definition of pitiless in English:



  • 1Showing no pity; cruel.

    ‘a pitiless executioner’
    • ‘Her spirit had blazed the blinding blue of pure fury, and her soul had been filled with the purest black of the most pitiless executioner.’
    • ‘I would add a few refinements of my own devising, concessions to our cruel and pitiless modern age.’
    • ‘They were not, in other words, misunderstood, socially maladjusted, middle-class rebels but a pair of determined and pitiless economic vandals’
    • ‘But the pitiless character of his criticism diminishes these letters in this respect, even as it enlarges them in other ways.’
    • ‘Here the artist painstakingly compresses history into an unfathomable listing of dates and we become ‘a pitiless witness’.’
    • ‘The reviewer's pithy, pitiless conclusion: ‘Get real.’’
    • ‘He uses the mesh of the jungle screen to play on our fears of the unknown and the pitiless savagery that is the reality of nature.’
    • ‘It's a vicious ideology and it's sustained by violence and by the pitiless conversion of its own adherents into dumb weapons.’
    • ‘And doubtless in surveying American culture our pitiless foe finds much evidence to support such a malign view.’
    • ‘And his voice is so subtly ironic, and so pitiless - toward himself among others - that he makes Sebald look almost soft.’
    • ‘We must not let one side be ruthless, self-confident and organised: ‘It is civilization, pluralism and secularism that need pitiless and unapologetic fighters.’’
    • ‘Epitia argues for this course of action because she does not want to regard herself as ‘a pitiless and cruel woman.’’
    • ‘It was a brutal, vicious and pitiless attack in which you showed your victim no mercy.’
    • ‘They utterly failed to see how the event had changed everything, by revealing just how pitiless and ruthless our new opponent was prepared to be.’
    • ‘Did their pitiful cries and prayers rise into the night to a God who seemed deaf and pitiless as their cruel jailers?’
    • ‘Football is merciless and pitiless, and in a business sense Gill merely stated the obvious: no-one is indispensable.’
    • ‘‘Now for the first time you have hurt me, you cruel, pitiless man are sleeping the sleep of death‘.’
    • ‘‘A bounty hunter must be ruthless, pitiless, and merciless,’ he began sharply.’
    • ‘After this there was no fight; only heartless, pitiless slaughter.’
    • ‘The Russian military campaign has been pitiless.’
    merciless, ruthless, cruel, heartless
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    1. 1.1 (especially of weather) unrelentingly harsh or severe.
      ‘a night of pitiless rain’
      • ‘He approaches me while I'm sheltering from the hideous, pitiless weather.’
      • ‘The thought of EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson meeting a grisly end in the Brussels public toilet where he hoped to seek refuge from the inexorable advance of pitiless technology is not unpleasing.’
      • ‘He is a membrane between isolation and society, this man who crouches beneath his umbrella, navigating by guesswork in a pitiless storm that, having engulfed houses, streets and gutters, has deprived him of his bearings.’
      • ‘I used to think it was beautiful, but now the weather's my enemy, pitiless and uncaring as napalm and bear traps.’
      • ‘The figure was soaked through and through in his coat that ought to have been protecting him from the pitiless storm.’
      • ‘The pitiless showerhead continues to drench her, the water bearing her life's blood down the drain.’