lacking compassion, mercy or pity; unkind


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Part of speech



merciless, unmerciful, ruthless, cruel, harsh, heartless, merciless, merciless, unfeeling


merciful, compassionate, humane, kindly, benevolent

Example sentences

  • The pitiless winter wind chilled me to the bone.
  • The dictator was known for his pitiless treatment of political prisoners.
  • The children were shocked by the pitiless way the cat toyed with the mouse.


The word “pitiless” is often used to describe someone or something that is devoid of compassion, mercy or pity. This word can be used to describe people, natural phenomena such as weather, or even animals. It is often used in a negative context, implying that the person or thing in question is cruel, heartless, or unkind. For example, a person who shows no mercy to their enemies might be described as “pitiless.” This word is often used to describe actions that are particularly harsh, brutal or inhumane