Definition of relentless in English:



  • 1Unceasingly intense.

    ‘the relentless heat of the desert’
    • ‘Throughout the long day, they suffered cruelly under the constant whining shells and relentless, baking sun.’
    • ‘His muscular approach to the game and his relentless running made a constant threat to Mayo.’
    • ‘Success follows relentless pursuit of something you absolutely believe in.’
    • ‘Yet it's hard to think of anyone who has pursued power with such relentless single-handedness.’
    • ‘The fear of drawing attention to themselves was constant and relentless.’
    • ‘The pandemic continues its relentless spread about 14 000 people are infected each day.’
    • ‘More in the crowd ask for food and water as the sun continues to cover the area with relentless heat.’
    • ‘The sun was relentless, and the heat reflected cruelly off the parched earth.’
    • ‘Football has continued its relentless march into cricket's strongholds.’
    • ‘I continued my relentless walk through the streets, knife barred into my deep clutches.’
    • ‘Pearson was singled out for the relentless demands that he put on his people.’
    • ‘She deftly defeats those who dare challenge her with a relentless intensity.’
    • ‘He is a man who combines a tremendous, relentless determination with a stalwart good humor.’
    • ‘He followed her, settling his weight on top of her in a most possessive way and not allowing her any room to escape from his relentless pursuit.’
    • ‘As always the flow of patients was relentless, but as the day wore on I became familiar with some of the friendly faces of the patients on the unit.’
    • ‘The world is groaning to a halt, and yet the ants continue their relentless labour under sunny skies.’
    • ‘The state cannot deal with change, and ours is a time of constant and relentless change.’
    • ‘It seemed he would never escape the relentless torture of being forced to choose a bride.’
    • ‘As of writing, the relentless fall in the stock market continues unabated.’
    • ‘So he searched, and sought shelter from this relentless heat, bearing in mind the past.’
    persistent, continuing, constant, continual, continuous, non-stop, lasting, never-ending, steady, uninterrupted, unabated, unabating, unbroken, interminable, incessant, unstoppable, unceasing, endless, unending, perpetual, unremitting, unrelenting, unrelieved, sustained
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    1. 1.1Harsh or inflexible.
      ‘a patient but relentless taskmaster’
      • ‘Change is slow to come, and we must continue to be relentless in our pursuit to let others know our value.’
      • ‘But he's ruthless and relentless, and you always think that there might be a point in a Hollywood movie that he will draw back.’
      • ‘Their name will remain etched on the stone table of relentless, hard working rock n roll bands.’
      • ‘Still she continued on relentless as I did everything I could to fight back and not beg for mercy.’
      • ‘He became a relentless traveller, sparing no continent and few countries in quest of subjects and themes.’
      • ‘Consider the shoppers you know who are relentless in their pursuit of a deal.’
      • ‘Instead he plays figurehead to perfection, based on a huge, relentless and ruthless spin team.’
      • ‘David Sifry is relentless in evangelizing the importance of blogs to business.’
      • ‘He was relentless, some said ruthless, and it made him one of the toughest prosecutors in the state.’
      harsh, grim, fierce, cruel, severe, strict, punishing, remorseless, merciless, pitiless, ruthless, unmerciful, unsparing, heartless, hard-hearted, hard, stony-hearted, stony, with a heart of stone, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, unforgiving, unfeeling, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable, lacking compassion, unpitying
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