I am planning on getting a tattoo that says “Relentless” in Chinese. Would anyone here be able to tell me the correct characters? Google translate's result is 狠, which also carries the meaning of "ruthless", not a very positive character

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Relentless --> work hard, not relent --> 努力不松懈

I suggest a more idiomatic phrase: 努力不懈

  • 努力(strive: make great efforts to achieve one's goal)

  • 不懈 (indefatigable: of a person or their efforts persisting tirelessly.)

  • Hi Tang Ho, I appreciate the response greatly. To the idiomatic phrase that you suggested, what does each character mean one by one?
    – Jay
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 4:54
  • Most of the Chinese words are two-characters compound words. Each of the four characters has multiple meanings, 努(strive)力(force)不(not)懈(relent); - 努力(strive)不懈(not relent);
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 9:57
  • I see, that makes a lot more sense to me now. When it comes to the phrase as a whole though, how would I describe the four characters all at once? Would I just say it means "Relentless" or would there be a different term instead?
    – Jay
    Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 5:55
  • What would I say bro?
    – Jay
    Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 6:24

How are you relentless?

A relentless enemy? A crashing bore?

relent:  Figurative sense of "become less harsh or cruel, soften in temper" is recorded from 1520s; the notion probably is of a hard heart melting with pity.

relentless: without relent

无休止: no relent
不懈的: never idle
毫无减弱: never soften
日新月异: daily renewal, monthly change
坚持不懈:persevere unremittingly

Tattoo tata!

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