Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no mercy; cruel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of mercy; cruel; unsparing; -- said of animate beings, and also, figuratively, of things

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of mercy; unfeeling; pitiless; hard-hearted; cruel; relentless; unsparing: as, a merciless tyrant.
  • Without hope of mercy.
  • Synonyms Unmerciful, severe, inexorable, unrelenting, barbarous, savage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing no mercy

Etymologies

mercy +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But they returned in the late morning, shaken by what they described as a merciless surprise attack by government forces with rocket- propelled grenades and heavy artillery.

    Gaddafi intensifies campaign

  • But they returned in the late morning, shaken by what they described as a merciless surprise attack by government forces with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy artillery.

    Gaddafi intensifies campaign

  • Opening the prosecution case today, Gerard Elias QC said the two double killings ammounted to what he called merciless executions for pitifully small gain.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • They are described as merciless with people who tell them less than the truth.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • It's addressed to his supporters both inside and outside Iraq and it takes a swipe at Americans, which Saddam refers to as merciless tyrants.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2006

  • And it takes a swipe at Americans, which Saddam refers to as merciless tyrants.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2006

  • He is filled with what might be called a merciless pity, a sympathy almost malicious.

    Tolstoy and "The Kreutzer Sonata"

  • She reflected; and with her acute memory for the letter of Angel Clare's remarks, even when she did not comprehend their spirit, she recalled a merciless polemical syllogism that she had heard him use when, as it occasionally happened, he indulged in a species of thinking aloud with her at his side.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Clare's remarks, even when she did not comprehend their spirit, she recalled a merciless polemical syllogism that she had heard him use when, as it occasionally happened, he indulged in a species of thinking aloud with her at his side.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • (The folding was incessant; it recalled the merciless "Saturday Night Live" Gap Girls skits.)

    post-gazette.com - News

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