Definition of remorseless in English:



  • 1Without regret or guilt.

    ‘a remorseless killer’
    • ‘These killings are planned, purposeful, and remorseless.’
    • ‘Frankly, I'm more inclined to find the former more contrived, since a remorseless thug and repenting Christian is a believable dyad.’
    • ‘Disgusted by her unrelenting pride for the Nazi regime, Helga vows to sever all emotional ties to her remorseless mother.’
    • ‘Corporate psychopaths score high on Factor 1, the ‘selfish, callous, and remorseless use of others’ category.’
    • ‘We're given to understand that because Charlie is tormented by guilt that he somehow occupies a higher rung on the moral ladder than his unrepentant, remorseless elder brother.’
    • ‘Peter (the eldest) is brutal, angry, and remorseless.’
    • ‘Their subject is the gregarious, loquacious, remorseless killer Benoit.’
    • ‘Why, the defamation of our good names paints us as remorseless ghouls bent on world domination!’
    • ‘A remorseless critic in Kraus's own mould might well argue that if you were wrong about Dreyfus it wouldn't matter too much what you were right about.’
    • ‘‘The psychology of a violent, remorseless murderer is not defined by connecting dots,’ Cornwell writes at the beginning.’
    • ‘Uncle Charlie is a killer, but not remorseless or unempathic.’
    • ‘He's going to make a statement at the end of these hearings and it sounds typically remorseless.’
    • ‘Throwing an adversary from the top of a car park is just one of his remorseless acts of violence.’
    • ‘No one doubts that the Conqueror could be remorseless: not least in his wasting of parts of Yorkshire and the north-west in the desperate campaigning of 1069-70.’
    • ‘Cruise is as comfortable with darkly comic scenes as with the nuances of a remorseless killer.’
    • ‘Nature is remorselessly cruel and none more remorseless than the slugs and snails that are currently trying to eat my lettuces before I can.’
    • ‘Was he not actually the sensitive, caring pet I knew and loved, but rather a cruel, remorseless murderer?’
    • ‘They are brutal and remorseless killers, undeserving of the legalism of international conventions, the U.S. government argues.’
    • ‘These golden dragon-men overlooked the fact of what we were, supposedly vile, remorseless monsters in league with the Devourer himself.’
    • ‘In states with a death penalty, this is just the kind of killing - premeditated, commercial, often remorseless, a betrayal of humanity's deepest bond - that qualifies for the death penalty.’
    heartless, pitiless, merciless, ruthless, callous, cruel, hard-hearted, stony-hearted, with a heart of stone, cold-hearted, harsh, inhumane, unmerciful, unforgiving, unfeeling, unpitying, uncompromising, unkind
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  • 2(of something unpleasant) never ending or improving; relentless.

    ‘remorseless poverty’
    • ‘It is the western condition of globalisation, and its paradox of intimacy and intolerance suggests that the western reaction to the remorseless rise of the non-west will be far from benign.’
    • ‘It is only under the remorseless pressure of dealing with the reality of Iris that the make-believe barriers sometimes break down and he shouts that he hates her.’
    • ‘This remorseless pressure drove a great number of peasants to the edge of subsistence, making them deeply vulnerable to periodic shocks in the agrarian cycle.’
    • ‘Those farm overalls represented hard, long days in the harsh sun and remorseless winters.’
    • ‘The remorseless rise in Irish petrol prices has been stemmed with the news in the government budget that excise duties on unleaded petrol has been reduced.’
    • ‘Nor could America's achievement have been done without a certain levelling down of attitudes and ascriptions, in parallel with the remorseless rise of the American wealth machine.’
    • ‘The guitar is equally remorseless: there are no chord changes; it's E flat minor throughout.’
    • ‘Their modern counterparts face much worse, being hemmed in by the spread of suburbia, by motorways and the remorseless growth of traffic on ordinary roads.’
    relentless, unrelenting, unremitting, unabating, inexorable, implacable, unstoppable
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