unforgivingness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

unforgiving +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

unforgivingness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being unforgiving.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Volume, Chapter ,[1]
      But now they are sufficiently cleared from every imputation of unforgivingness; for, while I appeared to them in the character of a vile hypocrite, pretending to true penitence, yet giving up myself to profligate courses, how could I expect either their pardon or blessing?
    • 1818, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Chapter 12,[2]
      She knew not how such an offence as hers might be classed by the laws of worldly politeness, to what a degree of unforgivingness it might with propriety lead, nor to what rigours of rudeness in return it might justly make her amenable.
    • 1888, James Russell Lowell, “Credidimus Jovem Regnare” in Heartsease and Rue, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., p. 185,[3]
      And yet I frankly must confess
      A secret unforgivingness,
      And shudder at the saving chrism
      Whose best New Birth is Pessimism;
    • 1970, Tamara Talbot Rice, Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, Praeger, p. 105,[4]
      They had spent their entire lives as prisoners in Siberia and they now appealed to the empress for their release. In a rare instance of unforgivingness Elizabeth refused to grant it.