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English definition of “pitiless”

pitiless

adjective     /ˈpɪt.i.ləs/ US  /ˈpɪt̬-/
cruel and having no pity : the dictator's pitiless rule a pitiless critic Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse severe and unpleasant : He told us his story in pitiless detail . Few people were out in the pitiless midday sun .SevereSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad pitilessly     /-li/ adverb Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse pitilessness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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