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Synonyms for pitilessness

feelings of extreme heartlessness

mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity

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When this contradiction found its direct and extreme expression in the inhumanity and pitilessness of "pious" religious persecutions, a reaction began, first of high-principled humanism, and after that also of practical pity and humaneness.
By addressing the academicians through the institution, we understand how his mental labour is performed in the academy and is transformed into the pitilessness of witnessing Red Peter's dialogue with nobody in particular.
The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that the vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters.
Blake's "Holy Thursday," from Songs of Innocence (1789), for instance, politicizes crass attempts to view the city as merely picturesque or justly ordered: Blake's "wise guardians of the poor" supervise the production of song itself and embody the citizen's pitilessness in driving homeless "angel[s]" from his door.
32) And while discussing his version of Oedipus, McGuinness notes that 'There's a ruthlessness there in the Greeks--an absolute pitilessness.
Pulitzer prize--winning American poet Stephen Dunn delivers poems that walk the divide between absolutism and relativism; they court uncertainty with certitude and a kindness born out of a kind of pitilessness.
This creed is stated with a deliberate pitilessness, right up to the closing sentence: "He raised his hand and over the desolate earth he traced in space the sign of the dollar.
The grotesque portrays the people on their way to crucify Christ and thus serves to reveal the human stupidity, pitilessness and cunning cruelty of the crowd surrounding Him.
Through the poetic device of rime riche, Shakespeare stresses the pitilessness of the social context imagined by the play.
The femme fatale's calculating pitilessness is an excrescence of the sinister authority who tries to manipulate the hero in the paranoid world of the film noir; she is the fascinating "stain" whose meaning the noir hero tries to decipher, all the while being drawn into a web of intrigue by criminal masterminds.