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Having no pity; merciless.

pit′i·less·ly adv.
pit′i·less·ness n.
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Noun1.pitilessness - feelings of extreme heartlessnesspitilessness - feelings of extreme heartlessness  
coldheartedness, hardheartedness, heartlessness - an absence of concern for the welfare of others
2.pitilessness - mercilessness characterized by a lack of pity
unmercifulness, mercilessness - inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
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(ˈpiti) noun
1. a feeling of sorrow for the troubles and sufferings of others. He felt a great pity for her.
2. a cause of sorrow or regret. What a pity (that) she can't come.
to feel pity for (someone). She pitied him; She is to be pitied.
piteous (ˈpitiəs) adjective
pitiful. a piteous cry/sight.
ˈpiteously adverb
ˈpiteousness noun
ˈpitiable adjective
pitiful. He was in a pitiable condition; He made a pitiable attempt.
ˈpitiably adverb
ˈpitiful adjective
1. very sad; causing pity. a pitiful sight.
2. very poor, bad etc; causing contempt. a pitiful attempt; a pitiful amount of money.
ˈpitifully adverb
ˈpitifulness noun
ˈpitiless adjective
without pity. pitiless cruelty.
ˈpitilessly adverb
ˈpitilessness noun
ˈpityingly adverb
in a way which shows that one feels pity for someone. He looked at her pityingly.
have pity on
to feel pity for (someone because of something). Have pity on the old man.
take pity on
to act kindly, or relent, towards (someone), from a feeling of pity. He took pity on the hungry children and gave them food.
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The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters (325).
Aubyn as the perfect author for the job of updating a story about the pitilessness of fate and the impossibility of repairing fractured relationships--making this "[a] brilliant reworking of William Shakespeare's King Lear for our day" (Kirkus)--others felt Dunbar doesn't match the rest of his oeuvre.
Since news of Chester Bennington's passing broke, there has been an outpouring of expressions not only of sorrow and sympathy but also of pitilessness and outright distaste.
Indeed, nobody has rendered the body in its variously firm, flaccid or oozingly fluid aspects with greater accuracy, pitilessness or relish than this latter-day Dutch master.
Considering that O'Brien has one consistent woman who reappears in the form of various assumed identities (Kate, Martha, Kathy, the "old woman" at the reading, Curt Lemon's "dumb cooze" of a sister), one has to concede that he probably finds little trouble in recopying and renaming "the insensitive woman." Moreover, he has mastered the art of using her to align the reader with the man who loathes her, the unfortunate Vietnam vet who, due to her pitilessness, is presented as doubly victimized.
But what Portraits also shows is that he could change his mind, and in interesting ways, according to contemporary political realities: in a 2004 review (printed here alongside the earlier texts) he concedes that Bacon was ahead of the game, his pitilessness prophetic of the current condition of the world.
Overall, therefore, it is fair to say that Audubon did not restrain from revealing the fragility of life in the natural world or what has been called the "pitilessness of nature" (Hughes 1997:153).
Leve acts with collaborative pitilessness in needlessly throwing the boy down against the stones.
It is aware that sweetness and pitilessness can consume the same being.
after the massacre, contemplating [the effected] genocide with the pitilessness that excites Hamlet" (emphasis mine).
Literary scholar Patrick Buckridge has described 'Powell's Revenge' as 'dispassionate', presumably because of the pitilessness with which it recounted the massacre of Kalkadoons (32).
The founding of order on fury, of empire on violence, of peace on pitilessness is disclosed unflinchingly.