remorseless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj remorseless without mercy or pity "an act of ruthless ferocity","a monster of remorseless cruelty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Remorseless Being without remorse; having no pity; hence, destitute of sensibility; cruel; insensible to distress; merciless. "Remorseless adversaries.""With remorseless cruelty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • remorseless Without remorse; unpitying; cruel; insensible to distress.
    • remorseless Synonyms Pitiless, merciless, ruthless, relentless, unrelenting, savage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Remorseless without remorse: cruel
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Quotations

  • William C. Redfield
    William C. Redfield
    “Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth.”
  • Sophocles
    Sophocles
    “Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. remors (Fr. remords)—Low L. remorsus—L. remordēre, remorsum, to bite again—re-, again, mordēre, to bite.

Usage

In literature:

The same north-east wind as yesterday blows with remorseless strength.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
There was something arctic, something remorselessly glacial, in the man.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
I roused him remorselessly, and he sat up scowling, but refused to tell me what he had been dreaming.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
The Northern general had set out to hammer Lee to death by steady, remorseless pounding.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Was Quidnunc, that swift, remorseless, smiling messenger, that god of the winged feet?
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Bloody and remorseless are the wars the princes of these barbarians carry on against one another.
"Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D." by C. Raymond Beazley
Olive remained seated, her eyes fixed remorselessly on her husband.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
Youth is a remorseless master.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The hoofs of the cab-horse that took him to the station had hammered it out remorselessly all the way.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
This mission was one of remorseless purpose.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Rain, sorrow, down those lovely cheeks!
Stream your remorseless flood!
You drench deep, happy roots, to make
Her spirit freshly bud.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
In vain, with tender pity's clasp,
To her warm breast she holds
The young, whom death's remorseless grasp
In his dark shade infolds.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
The deep, dark, cold, remorseless grave
Has closed o'er lovely Jennie's face,
No art, nor skill, nor prayers could save
Her from its terrible embrace.
"Written On The Death of Jane Flounders" by David John Scott
The writhings of the spirit, doom'd to see
A rival bless'd;-and utter, cold, despair :-
These are its torments !-Are they not enough
To satisfy the most remorseless hate?
"Revenge" by Eliza Acton
Oh! thither turn thine eyes—nor let Despair,
With hand remorseless, quench that guiding ray,
Which holy Faith and pious Hope prepare
To cheer the contrite pilgrims weary way.
"To Adelina. Written while reading the Third Volume of Mrs Smith's 'Orphan of the Castle'" by Maria Logan
Over Earth, and over Being,
Over many glories of the Past,
Remorseless floods are flowing fierce and fast,
Snatching sun-lighted Tempes from our seeing,
Rolling their dreary surges o'er the shore,
Where Love had hoped to dwell for evermore.
"Sea Margins" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

History may not repeat itself, argues the author of The Great Crash, but the dynamics of speculation are remorselessly constant, and they, along with other ominous indicators, give no comfort to optimism.
Welcome to league of remorseless head-hunters.
Remorseless shooter is victim of his own hate.
An eventuality that is worth pondering, because a Galaxy championship would be accomplished with a team playing remorselessly pragmatic soccer.
"The Company," a fictionalized exploration of life in the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, is as lyrical and forgiving as "Gosford Park" was remorselessly cynical.
Toyota's remorseless drive to maintain its largest-by-far share of the global hybrid vehicle market continues apace.
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