Definition of unrelieved in US English:



  • 1Lacking variation or change; monotonous.

    ‘flowing gowns of unrelieved black’
    • ‘If you read their stories, they are almost uniformly bleak, with stories of unrelieved violence and horrific choices.’
    • ‘It had been a historical commonplace to view the long interval between Archimedes and Galileo as a period of unrelieved ignorance and superstition.’
    • ‘I saw now that the unrelieved white of the landscape was actually the blue of buried water, the rose of reflected dawn, and the yellowish green of marsh grasses mounded beneath the drifts, awaiting spring.’
    • ‘The unrelieved pessimism that pervades the book bogs down the reader.’
    • ‘Still, the result of such an unrelieved diet of negativity is that for most Australians at the beginning of the 21st Century the profession of politics ranks down with used car salesmen.’
    • ‘And it was this unrelieved emotion that made The Children Are Watching Us such a radical departure for a film made during the last years of the Fascist regime.’
    • ‘Ruthless editing would have crafted sharp-edged form out of the three hours of exhausting overabundance, infused subtlety into unrelieved shrillness.’
    • ‘Could someone please spread the word to the awards-seeking moviemakers of the world that unrelieved solemnity is not truer to life, not even in our worst moments.’
    • ‘Soon I'll be reduced to relating little incidents from my life, unrelieved by links anywhere.’
    • ‘It turns out that randomly selected laws lead almost inevitably either to unrelieved chaos or boring and uneventful simplicity.’
    • ‘The scale is daunting, the monotony unrelieved.’
    • ‘Brilliantly though the power of war to destroy, corrupt and degrade everything it touches is conveyed, the book's unrelieved grimness will be a problem for some.’
    • ‘Ahead, along the lonely Stuart Highway, lay 900-plus miles of largely unrelieved emptiness all the way to Alice Springs, and beyond it, Uluru.’
    • ‘Its tracks lent his street a bleak aspect unrelieved by the plain Californian bungalows opposite of Loftus Crescent.’
    • ‘Yellow is an image of joy and happiness to most people, but studies show that spending lots of time in a room that's yellow unrelieved by other colours can make you feel irritable and hostile.’
    • ‘Refreshed and regowned, again in dark colors unrelieved by any bright embroidery, Aene paced nervously along a subtly lit path towards the Castrea residence.’
    • ‘The literary genre best suited to represent it seems to be the textbook, which, according to Ravitch, is assembled nowadays with so much tact and caution that the result is unrelieved banality.’
    • ‘Indeed, it could fairly be said to have started the long period of unrelieved Celtic supremacy which characterised the late sixties and early seventies.’
    • ‘They show that the President's popularity has slipped somewhat in the past few weeks, no doubt the effect of constant attacks by the Democrats over Iraq and other matters and unrelieved negativity in the press on Iraq.’
    • ‘Either way, the result is unrelieved shallowness.’
    tedious, dull, monotonous
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    1. 1.1 Not provided with relief; not aided or assisted.
      • ‘She put one hand up to the site of a flickering, ongoing headache, unrelieved by over-the-counter medications.’
      • ‘This was all to the good, since the lengthy period that followed - from the 1880s through the end of World War II and beyond - was one of unrelieved crisis.’
      • ‘Please, please see your GP or a counsellor if you have feelings of depression, unrelieved sadness or hopelessness, or thoughts of suicide.’
      • ‘At dinner parties, or at house parties with no dancing, or at any occasion where there is no escape from constant, unrelieved social interaction, I can sometimes struggle.’
      • ‘The result is that a lot of folks go to their graves feeling unrelieved remorse for disputes they had long ago with lovers, family members, business colleagues, and others.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is because we have watched while other people - good, kind people whose own suffering was unrelieved by material luxury - slipped into the obscurity of the past.’
      • ‘However, for the 100,000 or so Aborigines (50,000 of them under the age of twenty) who are living mostly in remote or extremely remote communities, the story is one of unrelieved tragedy and horror.’
      • ‘Rural zones, in contrast, are generally viewed by urbanites as backlands, as dull places of unrelieved poverty.’
      • ‘The average household consists of about seven people, and every day the toll of unrelieved poverty and hunger is rising.’
      • ‘I left the car and trudged 20 blocks back home, where we began the longest day imaginable: nine carless hours of unrelieved care of a toddler.’
      • ‘It is a prosperous society of states - productive, diverse, but subject to waves of disruption and containing pockets of unobserved and unrelieved grimness.’
      • ‘The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines a pressure ulcer as a lesion caused by unrelieved pressure resulting in damage to underlying tissue.’
      • ‘So the cycle of blame and retaliation continues, unrelieved and unrelieving, as history and today's newspaper bear witness.’
      • ‘However, clinical practice continues to be characterised by unrelieved pain, illogical prescribing of analgesics, and widespread ‘opiophobia.’’
      • ‘It was, said a survivor, a scene of unrelieved horror.’
      • ‘Those whose work constantly expose them to the unrelieved grimness of human suffering and death take refuge in gallows humor.’
      • ‘You try walking around with unrelieved pain for a week straight and we'll see just how charming you turn out to be.’
      • ‘In Sicily, the family was a strong defense against the desperate and unrelieved poverty that characterized life.’
      • ‘At their back, the continent to which they belong offers an image of unrelieved misery.’
      • ‘Resistance would probably not have continued after Savenay without the unrelieved brutality of republican reprisals over the spring of 1794.’
      continual, continuous, persistent, sustained, abiding, round-the-clock
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