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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unforgiving mean? 

UNFORGIVING (adjective)
  The adjective UNFORGIVING has 2 senses:

1. unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy
2. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

  Familiarity information: UNFORGIVING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNFORGIVING (adjective)

Sense 1unforgiving [BACK TO TOP]


Unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy

Context example:

a surly unforgiving old woman


revengeful; vengeful; vindictive (disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge)


forgiving (inclined or able to forgive and show mercy)

Sense 2unforgiving [BACK TO TOP]


Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty


grim; inexorable; relentless; unappeasable; unrelenting; stern; unforgiving

Context examples:

grim determination / grim necessity / Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty / relentless persecution / the stern demands of parenthood


implacable (incapable of being placated)

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