un- + forgiving
unforgiving (comparative more unforgiving, superlative most unforgiving)
- Unwilling or unable to forgive or show mercy.
- The electorate was in an unforgiving mood.
- Having no allowance for weakness.
- The unforgiving Arctic climate makes short work of the unprepared.
2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, in The Scotsman:
In a raucous atmosphere, it was an unforgiving and physical contest from the start. Grant Hanley conceded the first free-kick within the opening 20 seconds, setting the tone for a busy and thankless evening for Serbian referee Milorad Mazic.