Definition of unrelieved in English:



  • 1Lacking variation or change; monotonous.

    ‘flowing gowns of unrelieved black’
    • ‘Ahead, along the lonely Stuart Highway, lay 900-plus miles of largely unrelieved emptiness all the way to Alice Springs, and beyond it, Uluru.’
    • ‘Either way, the result is unrelieved shallowness.’
    • ‘Soon I'll be reduced to relating little incidents from my life, unrelieved by links anywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had been a historical commonplace to view the long interval between Archimedes and Galileo as a period of unrelieved ignorance and superstition.’
    • ‘The scale is daunting, the monotony unrelieved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The unrelieved pessimism that pervades the book bogs down the reader.’
    • ‘If you read their stories, they are almost uniformly bleak, with stories of unrelieved violence and horrific choices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, it could fairly be said to have started the long period of unrelieved Celtic supremacy which characterised the late sixties and early seventies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Refreshed and regowned, again in dark colors unrelieved by any bright embroidery, Aene paced nervously along a subtly lit path towards the Castrea residence.’
    • ‘It turns out that randomly selected laws lead almost inevitably either to unrelieved chaos or boring and uneventful simplicity.’
    • ‘Its tracks lent his street a bleak aspect unrelieved by the plain Californian bungalows opposite of Loftus Crescent.’
    tedious, dull, monotonous
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    1. 1.1Not provided with relief; not aided or assisted.
      • ‘You try walking around with unrelieved pain for a week straight and we'll see just how charming you turn out to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So the cycle of blame and retaliation continues, unrelieved and unrelieving, as history and today's newspaper bear witness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines a pressure ulcer as a lesion caused by unrelieved pressure resulting in damage to underlying tissue.’
      • ‘Rural zones, in contrast, are generally viewed by urbanites as backlands, as dull places of unrelieved poverty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Sicily, the family was a strong defense against the desperate and unrelieved poverty that characterized life.’
      • ‘Those whose work constantly expose them to the unrelieved grimness of human suffering and death take refuge in gallows humor.’
      • ‘Resistance would probably not have continued after Savenay without the unrelieved brutality of republican reprisals over the spring of 1794.’
      • ‘Please, please see your GP or a counsellor if you have feelings of depression, unrelieved sadness or hopelessness, or thoughts of suicide.’
      • ‘At their back, the continent to which they belong offers an image of unrelieved misery.’
      • ‘However, clinical practice continues to be characterised by unrelieved pain, illogical prescribing of analgesics, and widespread ‘opiophobia.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She put one hand up to the site of a flickering, ongoing headache, unrelieved by over-the-counter medications.’
      • ‘It is a prosperous society of states - productive, diverse, but subject to waves of disruption and containing pockets of unobserved and unrelieved grimness.’
      • ‘It was, said a survivor, a scene of unrelieved horror.’
      continual, continuous, persistent, sustained, abiding, round-the-clock
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