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merciless

adjective uk   /ˈmɜː.sɪ.ləs/ us    /ˈmɝː-/ disapproving
C2 having or showing no mercy: There are reports of merciless attacks on innocent civilians. There was no shelter from the merciless (= very strong) heat.
mercilessly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Louis was teased mercilessly by his schoolmates.
Translations of “merciless”
in Korean 무자비한…
in Arabic لا يَرحَم…
in Portuguese impiedoso, implacável…
in Catalan despietat…
in Japanese 無慈悲な…
in Italian spietato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 冷酷無情的,殘忍的,毫無憐憫之心的…
in Russian безжалостный…
in Turkish merhametsiz, insafsız, acımasız…
in Chinese (Simplified) 冷酷无情的,残忍的,毫无怜悯之心的…
in Polish bezlitosny…
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