American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal.
- adj. Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults.
- adj. Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child.
- n. One that cannot be corrected or reformed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of being corrected or amended.
- Bad beyond correction or reform; irreclaimable: as, an incorrigible sinner or drunkard.
- Synonyms Incurable, hopeless, irrecoverable, irreclaimable; graceless, shameless, hardened.
- n. One who is incapable of amendment or reform.
- adj. defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
- adj. incurably depraved; not reformable.
- adj. impervious to correction by punishment or pain.
- adj. unmanageable.
- adj. determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
- adj. archaic incurable.
- n. An incorrigibly bad individual
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable.
- n. One who is incorrigible; a person whose persistent bad behavior cannot be changed; especially, a hardened criminal.
- adj. impervious to correction by punishment
- Recorded since 1340, from Old French incorrigible (1334), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis ("not to be corrected"), from in- "not" + corrigere "to correct" + -ibilis "-able". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + corrigere, to correct; see correct. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Anna Penrhys knew him, and treacherously revealed some of the enemy's secrets, notably concerning what he termed our incorrigible turn for bribery.”
“He has often lamented, with tears, what he called my incorrigible depravity, and encouraged himself to perseverance by the notion of the ruin that would inevitably overtake me if I were allowed to persist in my present career.”
“An incorrigible is a terrible human being — at least such is the connotation of "incorrigible" in prison psychology.”
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“They were starting to lean on us, and for punishment had put us in "incorrigible row.”
“The word "incorrigible" -- a word lately pronounced by Dr. Monygham -- floated into her still and sad immobility.”
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“Her mother in anger calls her incorrigible; her father smiles and calls her mad.”
“David Allan Coe has been called incorrigible, crude and hilarious.”
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