Definition of relentless in English:



  • 1Oppressively constant; incessant.

    ‘the relentless heat of the desert’
    • ‘As of writing, the relentless fall in the stock market continues unabated.’
    • ‘He is a man who combines a tremendous, relentless determination with a stalwart good humor.’
    • ‘It seemed he would never escape the relentless torture of being forced to choose a bride.’
    • ‘Throughout the long day, they suffered cruelly under the constant whining shells and relentless, baking sun.’
    • ‘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 pandemic continues its relentless spread about 14 000 people are infected each day.’
    • ‘The state cannot deal with change, and ours is a time of constant and relentless change.’
    • ‘More in the crowd ask for food and water as the sun continues to cover the area with relentless heat.’
    • ‘So he searched, and sought shelter from this relentless heat, bearing in mind the past.’
    • ‘I continued my relentless walk through the streets, knife barred into my deep clutches.’
    • ‘She deftly defeats those who dare challenge her with a relentless intensity.’
    • ‘Pearson was singled out for the relentless demands that he put on his people.’
    • ‘The fear of drawing attention to themselves was constant and relentless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His muscular approach to the game and his relentless running made a constant threat to Mayo.’
    • ‘Yet it's hard to think of anyone who has pursued power with such relentless single-handedness.’
    • ‘Success follows relentless pursuit of something you absolutely believe in.’
    • ‘The world is groaning to a halt, and yet the ants continue their relentless labour under sunny skies.’
    • ‘The sun was relentless, and the heat reflected cruelly off the parched earth.’
    • ‘Football has continued its relentless march into cricket's strongholds.’
    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’
      • ‘Instead he plays figurehead to perfection, based on a huge, relentless and ruthless spin team.’
      • ‘Change is slow to come, and we must continue to be relentless in our pursuit to let others know our value.’
      • ‘He was relentless, some said ruthless, and it made him one of the toughest prosecutors in the state.’
      • ‘Their name will remain etched on the stone table of relentless, hard working rock n roll bands.’
      • ‘David Sifry is relentless in evangelizing the importance of blogs to business.’
      • ‘Still she continued on relentless as I did everything I could to fight back and not beg for mercy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Consider the shoppers you know who are relentless in their pursuit of a deal.’
      • ‘He became a relentless traveller, sparing no continent and few countries in quest of subjects and themes.’
      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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