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  • adv. In a way that is unforgiving

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  • adv. without forgiveness; in an unforgiving manner


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unforgiving +‎ -ly


  • The month of February, cold and harsh, a blanket of white if we are so lucky, a breath of spring occasionally whispering in our ear, stuck unforgivingly somewhere between the rousing, glittery, festive end-of-the-year holiday season and the warming, welcoming arms of spring.

    Jamie Schler: Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte

  • But German football is unforgivingly pragmatic, almost completely devoid of nostalgia.

    Lothar Matthäus seeks win over England to help end his German exile

  • I had no option but to test this immediately, and luckily he was right; because from Perfect View to the London Road, it is down, down, giddily and unforgivingly down.

    Britain's best views: Bath

  • Serge writes about people caught in the tightening vice of an unforgivingly political world, but he never succumbs to the belief that this is the only world there is — that politics is, much less should be, the be-all and end-all of existence — any more than he supposes that there is any way of simply opting out, hands clean, of the political world.


  • I was a bit out of sorts when we arrived due to the unforgivingly hot temperature and long walk from the El, and made for the restroom to regroup, which thankfully was stocked with fresh, plush towels.

    Chris Kompanek: On the Culture Front: Blackbird and L2O in Chicago

  • He served his snooker apprenticeship in the Jampot, a Belfast billiard hall where older men would unforgivingly take his money if they could.

    Alex Higgins, snooker's anti-hero, dies aged 61

  • The fourth-term Arizona Senator, who was unforgivingly profiled this year in "New York" and "Vanity Fair" magazines, has recently traded in his bipartisan credentials for a new, consuming credo that has made him a poster child for the new era of legislative strife.

    John McCain Praises Russ Feingold On Senate Floor

  • As Beatty himself put it, rather unforgivingly, George has an unsublimated libido, and is approaching middle age with no economic future.


  • A team can totally dominate a game, outskating their opponents, beating them to every loose puck, blasting shot after shot at the opposing net, but if their own goalie then lets in a shot that everyone in the rink knows a blind man could have stopped, the game can change as suddenly and unforgivingly as if the teams had traded jerseys.

    The Hanging Tree

  • The Monadhliath Mountains, rising sharply to between 2500 and 3000 feet, were rounded rather than acutely jagged, but were bare of trees and starkly, unforgivingly grey.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff


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