incorrigible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj incorrigible impervious to correction by punishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Incorrigible Not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable; as, incorrigible error. "Incorrigible fools."
    • n Incorrigible One who is incorrigible; a person whose persistent bad behavior cannot be changed; especially, a hardened criminal; as, the perpetual imprisonment of incorrigibles; incorrigible and disruptive children need to be placed in a separate classroom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incorrigible Incapable of being corrected or amended.
    • incorrigible Bad beyond correction or reform; irreclaimable: as, an incorrigible sinner or drunkard.
    • incorrigible Synonyms Incurable, hopeless, irrecoverable, irreclaimable; graceless, shameless, hardened.
    • n incorrigible One who is incapable of amendment or reform.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., n Incorrigible in-kor′i-ji-bl bad beyond correction or reform
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Quotations

  • A. E. Housman
    A. E. Housman
    “In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incorrigibilis,: cf. F. incorrigible,. See In- not, and Corrigible

Usage

In literature:

But I am afraid, Salisbury, you are incorrigible.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
O'Hagan was an incorrigible rascal.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
They are possessed by an incorrigible stupidity.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
Rhodes was an incorrigible imperialist as this story shows.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
As for Mentchikof, he was incorrigible.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I guess, John, you're incorrigible.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
He revolted against it, as a thing more provoking, more incorrigible than mere womanhood.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I'm really afraid James is incorrigible.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
He was an incorrigible optimist and a dreamer.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He was dealt with with great leniency and patience, but in the end he proved incorrigible.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
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In poetry:

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
"Snow" by Louis MacNeice

In news:

The incorrigible impostor made headlines for his gate-crashing stunts, mainly at sporting events, beginning in the late 1970s.
Perhaps this is why their most incorrigible character, Cartman , has a lot in common with Archie Bunker.
Perhaps this is why their most incorrigible character, Cartman, has a lot in common with Archie Bunker.
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis.
Once Incorrigible , an Informant Bonds With Terrorists.
HANNIBAL — Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer's incorrigible buddy, is finally getting his due.
Some hard-rock records sound like incorrigible monsters, stomping through city streets at random, tearing at the jugulars of unsuspecting tourists.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre returns to NorthPark Center with puppeteer John Hardman as the incorrigible curmudgeon while Slappy's Holiday Circus brings its jolly jugglers and clowns to Galleria Dallas.
Time was when school suspensions and expulsions were reserved for the few bad actors who were incorrigible, perhaps even dangerous.
It has had its incorrigible youth, its tortured adolescence and its quarrelsome young adulthood, and now ought to be enjoying a comfortable and prosperous middle age .
Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid .
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In science:

Nevertheless, but as practically sonably regard, not as incorrigible, much about which agreement is needed irn plicit, they certain.
Uncertain Inferences and Uncertain Conclusions
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