Strict vs Pitiless - What's the difference?

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Strict is a related term of pitiless.

As adjectives the difference between strict and pitiless

is that strict is strained; drawn close; tight while pitiless is having, or showing, no pity; merciless.




  • Strained; drawn close; tight.
  • strict embrace
    strict ligature
  • Tense; not relaxed.
  • strict fiber
  • Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.
  • to keep strict watch
    to pay strict attention
  • Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
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    very strict in observing the Sabbath
  • Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.
  • to understand words in a strict sense
  • (botany) Upright, or straight and narrow; — said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
  • Severe in discipline.
  • Usage notes

    * Stricter'' and ''strictest'' are the grammatically correct forms for the comparative and superlative though outside UK ''more strict'' and ''most strict are more often used.


    * lenient * lax * permissive




    (en adjective)
  • having, or showing, no pity; merciless
  • having no kindly feelings; unkind
  • Derived terms

    * pitilessly