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

  • adj. Having or exhibiting no mercy; merciless.
  • adj. Exceeding a normal or reasonable limit; excessive: unmerciful heat.

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  • adj. not showing mercy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not merciful; indisposed to mercy or grace; cruel; inhuman; merciless; unkind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not merciful; not influenced by mercy; unkind; cruel; inhuman; merciless: of persons or things.
  • Unconscionable; exorbitant.

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

  • adj. having or showing no mercy


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  • Coversions by the sword, sex and terror will be the rule of Allah the most unmerciful.

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  • I also have many muslim relatives who have converted to Christianity, who are banned for life from their loved ones, the fatwa (a decree of slaughter) is out against them, if they are found or seen they are to be killed immediately in the name of Allah the most unmerciful idol god.

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  • Whereas before I spent most of my days trying to escape the unmerciful teasing and mistreatment by the Mormon children and the weirdoes in my own family by reading Torah all day, I now began spending all of my days escaping the same things by reading about the occult interpretations of the Torah.

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  • Lest this conjure some unhappy sales, unmerciful disaster


  • In these light and funny pages, grownup Ann looks back with unmerciful self-deprecation on herself as she was in the early 1960s, and the result is a book that children ages 8-14 can enjoy as a kind of genial historical artifact and that their parents can read with affectionate winces at the quirks and obsessions of long-ago childhood.

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  • “Naturally, the blood purge will be unmerciful,” he now predicted, but the rebellion may not have been “put down at once.”

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  • Maybe when your unmerciful soul dies, they will bury you in Burr Oaks.

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  • The worst we can do is to take these bags bursting with old grudges, unforgiven acts or unmerciful attitudes with us into the new year.

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  • Many zig-zaggers have made conscious career transitions because they find change stimulating, while others have had to showcase their resiliency in an unmerciful job market and needed to reinvent quickly.

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