unforgiving

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unforgiving unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy "a surly unforgiving old woman"
    • adj unforgiving not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty "grim determination","grim necessity","Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty","relentless persecution","the stern demands of parenthood"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unforgiving Not forgiving; not disposed to overlook or pardon offenses; implacable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unforgiving not forgiving, implacable
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Quotations

  • G. S. Hillard
    G. S. Hillard
    “Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!”

Usage

In literature:

Am I really unforgivable for having taken that liberty?
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
It was an unforgivable outrage.
"Tabitha's Vacation" by Ruth Alberta Brown
He also possessed rather an unforgiving temper when injured by any one.
"Stories and Sketches" by Harriet S. Caswell
But neither Fielding nor Daudet is guilty of sentimentality, the one unforgivable crime in art.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
But Sanda gave him no time for words that would be unforgivable.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
It was strange that reserved, unforgiving, and yet not unforgetful temperament of his!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
It's bad luck that you should have stumbled upon an unforgivable offence.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
To give inferior food to a servant was to Maggie the unforgivable in parsimony.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Bob Dimsted must think and say what he liked, and be as angry and unforgiving as was possible.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Her young face looked hard and unforgiving, and Lady Baltimore, with a sigh, decided on saying no more just then.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
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In poetry:

But the third went wide and far
Into an unforgiving sea
Under a fire-spilling star,
And it was rigged for a long journey.
"The North Ship" by Philip Larkin
He lay in the middle of the world, and twicht.
More Sparine for Pelides,
human (half) & down here as he is,
with probably insulting mail to open
and certainly unworthy words to hear
and his unforgiving memory.
"Dream Song 53: He lay in the middle of the world, and twicht" by John Berryman
There to pass proud Boadicea set towards the tower
Where Big Ben in his solemn grandeur booms the passing hour
As if to warn the seething crowds that Time brooks no de!ay
As he sifts the minutes of the unforgiving day.
"The Sleeping Stone" by Patience Strong

In news:

'Forgiveness Ratings' Finds Credit Card Issuers Unforgivable .
Madoff son on his father's crimes: Unforgivable .
'Madden NFL 12' but some flaws are unforgivable .
The Economist's unforgivable silence on Sayyid Qutb's anti-Semitism.
In unforgivable crime, guilt is the great unknown.
HD is unforgiving to actors, and makeup artists.
Boel: uncut, unforgiving and unfinished.
The Battlefield Can Be an Unforgiving Teacher.
Unforgiving Years is a thrilling and terrifying journey into the disastrous, blazing core of the twentieth century.
The only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, she has just been sent to investigate a body on the ice.
And no real scares, which is more unforgivable.
There's nothing wrong with homemade Halloween costumes per se, but these are simply unforgivable (and unintentionally scary).
Her family eventually migrated to Nebraska to try homesteading, only to find that Griffith's father couldn't effectively farm the Plains' unforgiving sod.
View full size Jerry F. Boone/Special to The Oregonian Some of the coastline around Bodega Bay includes walking beaches, but most of it is known for rugged beauty and unforgiving rocks.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—It's an unforgiving and mountainous terrain where Old West outlaws notoriously hid from the law and where Geronimo made his last stand.
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In science:

The most reliable means to resolve this issue would be to locate similar ob jects in systems for which the masses may be determined dynamically, and thus provide the strict (and unforgiving) constraints on such models, as is currently ongoing for M-dwarfs (e.g.
Hot Jupiters: Lands of Plenty
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