Definition of merciless in English:

merciless

adjective

  • Showing no mercy or pity.

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

merciless

/ˈmərsələs//ˈmərsələs/