Definition of unsparing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈsperiNG/


1Merciless; severe: he is unsparing in his criticism of the arms trade
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  • Though unsparing in his criticism of political adversaries, the former Chief Minister is adept at employing witty remarks and repartees to cushion the impact of his caustic remarks.
  • Both were unsparing in their criticism of government and of the social organisations that held India in their vice-like grip.
  • His criticism of religion was unsparing, as was his contempt for those who pinned progressive hopes on it.
2Given freely and generously: she had won her mother’s unsparing approval
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  • It is a matter of concern not only for parents, teachers and the Executive, but for everyone who values the civil society that generations of Scots created through their unsparing efforts.
  • He cannot be called that, but through his austerity, bearing, unwavering commitment and unsparing frankness he brought to his times a hint of the prophets of yore.
  • The account of his marital infidelities, especially his affair with Assia Wevill in the early 1960s, is fair-minded and unsparing.
ungrudging, unstinting, willingly given, free, ready;
lavish, liberal, generous, magnanimous, openhanded



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈspe(ə)riNGlē/
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  • However, if the decision rests on a mistaken view of the law, then law professors should criticize it sharply and unsparingly to make sure that its legal errors do not become accepted doctrine.
  • As Nariman's health deteriorates and he lies in the Chenoys' living-room enduring pain and incontinence, every odour and excretion is unsparingly described.
  • These are some of the most unsparingly candid confessions about the sheer slog and awkwardness and grinding disappointment of designing ever committed to print.


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  • They meet in a museum and discuss Goya - an exemplary figure to them both, for an unsparingness that somehow doesn't exclude hope.
  • Bad Boys may not be everyone's cup of tea, but its unsparingness makes for quite a welcome alternative when so many films gloss over the hardness of their material.
  • That unsparingness may also begin to account for the fact that the sum of his parts - and of his books - sometimes seems greater than the whole.

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Syllabification: un·spar·ing

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