unsparing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unsparing not forbearing; ruthless "an unsparing critic"
    • adj unsparing very generous "distributed gifts with a lavish hand","the critics were lavish in their praise","a munificent gift","his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent","prodigal praise","unsparing generosity","his unstinted devotion","called for unstinting aid to Britain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unsparing Not merciful or forgiving.
    • Unsparing Not sparing; not parsimonious; liberal; profuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unsparing Not sparing; liberal; profuse; abundant: as, the unsparing use of money.
    • unsparing Not merciful; unmerciful: as, unsparing publicity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unsparing un-spār′ing not sparing, liberal, profuse: unmerciful
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, not + sparing, p. pr. of spare,

Usage

In literature:

For, of course, now there could be no question of The Roman's mortal and unsparing enmity.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
To save them from the wrath of Gaul's unsparing lord.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
He wielded his authority with an impartial, unsparing hand.
"Bert Lloyd's Boyhood" by J. McDonald Oxley
Mrs. Ogilvie was in the hands of an unsparing foe.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
He is unsparing in his criticism of those who would have the people go on in ignorance to their injury or ruin.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
From this unsparing practical ordeal no professor's lectures and no array of books {215} can save us.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Sassoon's three volumes are the most vital and unsparing records of the war we have had.
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
To the cruel they were unsparing; to the merciless they showed no mercy.
"The Riflemen of the Miami" by Edward S. Ellis
The details of that occasion returned vivid, complete, unsparing.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
His pains with these flowers were unsparing.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
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In poetry:

There is a hunger and a thirst,
Which nothing can supply,
But bread from God's unsparing hand,
And water from on high.
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
Th' unsparing wound that lays thee low
Will bend thy Julia too:
Could she survive the fatal blow
Who only lives in you?
"Song III" by Sir John Carr
"Not delusive, not unsparing,
Richer fraught with good than pain,
Unto life sweet blessings bearing
Though she scatter them in rain."
"Sorrow" by Walter Richard Cassels
Oh Mary ! can it really be,
Thy form relentless death hath struck ;—
Were there no flowers less fair than thee,
For his unsparing hand to pluck ?
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
Is the prophetess with rods
Beaten, that she writhes in air?
With the Gods who never spare,
Wrestling with the unsparing Gods,
Lone, her body struggles there.
"Cassandra" by George Meredith
Large,large affliction unto me and mine it is
That one of his majestic bearing, his fair stately form,
Should thus be tortured and o'erborne — that this unsparing storm
Should wreak its wrath on head like his!
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

Already feeling the slings and arrows of its restive citizens, the Mammoth Town Council on Wednesday received an unsparing, stinging report on the town's economic future.
Museum of Florida Art turns a gloriously unsparing eye on our state.
More than ever before, corporate boards are relying on CFOs for information, regular updates, and unsparing candor.
In an unsparing economy, and with entertainment rivals multiplying, movie theaters across the country are being asked to invest in costly digital projectors if they want to stay open.
Depending on your romantic inclinations, writer-director Mark Brown's scalding comedy Two Can Play That Game will strike you as either unsparingly clear-eyed or monstrously cynical.
The unsparing vision of Don Delillo.
An Unsparing Portrait of American Breakdown.
Cowell's signature phrase, "I don't mean to be rude, but …", was usually inevitably followed by an unsparingly blunt appraisal of the contestant's talents, personality, or physical appearance.
Kathryn Bigelow's new film about the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden begins with an unsparing, nauseating and frighteningly realistic look at how the CIA tortured many people and reaped very little intelligence.
In Joshua Ferris's unsparing second novel, Tim Farnsworth doesn't know why he walks , but nothing but exhaustion can stop him.
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