from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Utterly; absolutely; without relief

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without relief or mitigation.


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unrelieved +‎ -ly


  • Second, the view from abroad lacks the tendentiousness of American commentators, who have long ago dug into their partisan bunkers (The New York Times is bad, but The Wall Street Journal is so unrelievedly dogmatic that it makes you cry for the old days of kindly Robert Bartley).

    Robert Teitelman: Politics and economic truths

  • I found particularly interesting one of his smaller points, about how the Nazi Party probably was not understood ideologically by most of its supporters. it seems safe to conclude that the mass base of the Nazi movement represented one of the more unrelievedly ill-informed clienteles that a major party has assembled in a modern state.

    Notes on Critical Review's Converse issue, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • You only find characters as unrelievedly bad as Hilly in melodramas and soap operas.

    Reader reviews of The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

  • Yet what makes this a fine play is that Lamont Stewart neither sentimentalises Maggie nor treats working-class life as unrelievedly grim.

    Men Should Weep - review

  • There is something unrelievedly juvenile about the current Republican mentality.

    Republicans celebrate April Fools by praising Obama

  • Dank, damp and almost unrelievedly joyless, the Starz miniseries tells a fictional tale of 12th-century politics and the skullduggery that was supposedly part of it, as knaves and heretics vie for the throne of a mucky, pig-ridden and sparsely populated England.

    TV preview: 'The Pillars of the Earth'

  • Aside from the red chrysanthemums in a translucent vase above the sham fireplace, and the red throw pillow gracing the single chair near the floor lamp, the entire living room was unrelievedly blue-white.

    Bleeding Violet

  • He found Gates, as a person, unrelievedly pretentious and phony, and most of her books boring and much too long, but there was something compelling about her as an artist, and he found himself inevitably reading her novels and short-story collections as soon as they came out.

    Baby Games

  • At the time, programs for children were unnervingly cheerful, unrelievedly sentimental, saccharine and coddling in tone and substance.

    Bradley Burston: Soupy Sales, Rod Serling -- Prophets Who Raised a Generation

  • John Gardner calls it "disPollyanna Syndrome," the cynical fallacy that the real world is unrelievedly bleak.

    the one they came to bury was not very heavy


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