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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. very generous;
- Example: "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"
- Example: "the critics were lavish in their praise"
- Example: "a munificent gift"
- Example: "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"
- Example: "prodigal praise"
- Example: "unsparing generosity"
- Example: "his unstinted devotion"
- Example: "called for unstinting aid to Britain"
[syn: lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting]

2. not forbearing; ruthless;
- Example: "an unsparing critic"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unsparing \Un*spar"ing\, a. [Pref. un- not + sparing, p. pr. of spare.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not sparing; not parsimonious; liberal; profuse. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Not merciful or forgiving. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] -- Un*spar"ing*ly, adv. -- Un*spar"ing*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

unsparing adj 1: very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain" [syn: lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting] 2: not forbearing; ruthless; "an unsparing critic"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "unsparing": Spartan, Spartanic, ardent, assiduous, astringent, austere, authoritarian, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, demanding, diligent, dour, energetic, exacting, exigent, fervent, free, freehanded, freehearted, generous, giving, gracious, greathearted, grim, handsome, hard, hardworking, harsh, hospitable, inclement, indefatigable, industrious, laborious, large, largehearted, lavish, liberal, magnanimous, meticulous, munificent, never idle, open, openhanded, openhearted, princely, profuse, relentless, rough, rugged, sedulous, severe, sleepless, stern, stintless, strenuous, strict, stringent, tireless, tough, unflagging, ungentle, ungrudging, unremitting, unselfish, unsleeping, unstinted, unstinting, unwearied, vehement, zealous