Definition of merciless in English:



  • Showing no mercy or pity.

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