Definition of unforgiving adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌʌnfəˈɡɪvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnfərˈɡɪvɪŋ//
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  1. 1(of a person) unwilling to forgive other people when they have done something wrong a proud and unforgiving man I wonder what makes a man so unforgiving and hard? She presented such a cold, unforgiving face to the world. opposite forgiving
  2. 2(of a place, situation, etc.) unpleasant and causing difficulties for people The island is an unforgiving place in winter.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: unforgiving