Definition of unforgiving in English:

unforgiving

adjective

  • 1Not willing to forgive or excuse people's faults or wrongdoings.

    ‘he was always a proud and unforgiving man’
    • ‘Nowadays, we are developing a most unforgiving culture.’
    • ‘She was then employed by Howard, a changeable character, easygoing one day, an unforgiving taskmaster the next.’
    • ‘It reopened after the war to dwindling attendance because of the people's unforgiving response to its withdrawal four years before.’
    • ‘But when it comes down to matters of life and death there is something very unnerving about unforgiving anger, even when it is justified.’
    • ‘Earlier, when speaking to journalists, she was equally unforgiving.’
    • ‘When people break their promises to me I can be very unforgiving.’
    • ‘It is one of the only books that turns an unforgiving spotlight on the German people and how they came so easily under the sway of the dark cloud of Nazism.’
    • ‘A small proportion of people are stupid and hence don't get it but the criminal law is pretty much unforgiving of stupidity.’
    • ‘Australians tend to be unforgiving, for example, of criminals who have served their jail sentence.’
    • ‘With its unforgiving machine memory, the Internet might turn out to be the unlikely conscience of the world.’
    • ‘I mean, we've talked about how unforgiving investors are going to be for a very long time.’
    • ‘The late 20th century's decline of social deference has led to a journalism which is unforgiving of the elite and its deviations.’
    • ‘Seen in history's unforgiving stare, the 21st century will be marked forever by the events of September 11.’
    • ‘In response the lord takes back his forgiveness and orders the unforgiving slave tortured.’
    • ‘Voters are unforgiving of ministers about underperforming schools and hospitals that don't deliver.’
    • ‘The people of Galmoy were unforgiving, however, and a ballad composed at the time records their anger and frustration.’
    • ‘This is a very tragic event, and it is very telling of the cruelty of the Taliban and how unforgiving they are.’
    • ‘It would be a daily reminder of one of the most unforgiving - and concentrated - culls of the innocent ever carried out by people on people.’
    • ‘Politics is fast and unforgiving, but already the Labour conference triumphs seem dated, while the minor divisions still remain.’
    • ‘I suspect you won't look at that angry, unforgiving driver-in-pursuit in quite the same way again.’
    hypercritical, overcritical, severely critical, disapproving, condemnatory, condemning, castigatory, denunciatory, deprecatory, disparaging, unforgiving, reproachful, reproving, censuring, captious, fault-finding, carping, cavilling, full of reproof, vituperative
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    1. 1.1(of a place or situation) harsh or hostile.
      ‘the moor can be a wild and unforgiving place in bad weather’
      • ‘Alone we would surely perish; but working together made sense in a hostile and unforgiving world.’
      • ‘These are different factors and obstacles we have to go through, trying to survive in this harsh, unforgiving land.’
      • ‘Many Brits buying inland don't realise just how harsh winters in Spain's interior can be, or how unforgiving the scorching summer heat.’
      • ‘You are deep in the recesses of a forbidden jungle - an unforgiving place few explorers ever survive.’
      • ‘It's an unforgiving place and Australians who call it home are critically aware of water, for good reasons.’
      • ‘Time to take his parting gifts and memories and go home, another victim of an unforgiving business.’
      • ‘Do not relax for an instant because our working environment is extremely unforgiving.’
      • ‘What I found was not the cold, unforgiving building I'd expected but a beautifully proportioned and classy interior.’
      • ‘It is a harsh unforgiving place of black volcanic rock, stunted trees and pounding waves.’
      • ‘But the world is an unforgiving place and best laid plans can go astray.’
      • ‘The desert is an unforgiving place to those who cannot read its signs or understand its subtle warnings.’
      • ‘This is the unforgiving world which Buffel has entered.’
      • ‘Afghanistan has some of the harshest, most unforgiving terrain in the world.’
      • ‘The world may be a cruel and unforgiving place, but artists make their own place in it.’
      • ‘This unforgiving place was the land that had been ruled by Ganon for many years.’
      • ‘As it is, the world is a cruel and unforgiving place, so in return for his injury all he gets is a load of catcalls, finger pointing and giggling.’
      • ‘But the markets are cruel and unforgiving places and Milne can see the benefits of a listing as much as understanding the downside risks.’
      • ‘We should never lose sight of its sometimes violent and unforgiving nature.’
      • ‘The surprising thing is that what emerges from such a brutally hard and unforgiving environment is a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect.’
      • ‘But this stark, unforgiving wilderness has proved to be a land of bountiful plenty for one Scottish company.’

Pronunciation:

unforgiving

/ʌnfəˈɡɪvɪŋ/