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pitiless +‎ -ly


pitilessly (comparative more pitilessly, superlative most pitilessly)

  1. In a pitiless manner.
    • 1895 October 1, Stephen Crane, chapter 10, in The Red Badge of Courage, 1st US edition, New York: D. Appleton and Company, page 106:
      The simple questions of the tattered man had been knife thrusts to him. They asserted a society that probes pitilessly at secrets until all is apparent.
    • 1966, James Workman, The Mad Emperor, Melbourne, Sydney: Scripts, page 60:
      They treated the prisoners roughly [...] slashing pitilessly with their whips to drive them as wretched animals before them.