incorrigible

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Incapable of being corrected or reformed.
  • adjective Firmly rooted; ineradicable.
  • adjective Difficult or impossible to control or manage.
  • noun One that cannot be corrected or reformed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun One who is incapable of amendment or reform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who is incorrigible; a person whose persistent bad behavior cannot be changed; especially, a hardened criminal.
  • adjective Not corrigible; incapable of being corrected or amended; bad beyond correction; irreclaimable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
  • adjective incurably depraved; not reformable.
  • adjective impervious to correction by punishment or pain.
  • adjective unmanageable.
  • adjective determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
  • adjective archaic incurable.
  • noun An incorrigibly bad individual

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective impervious to correction by punishment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis : in-, not; see in– + corrigere, to correct; see correct.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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".

Examples

  • Anna Penrhys knew him, and treacherously revealed some of the enemy's secrets, notably concerning what he termed our incorrigible turn for bribery.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Complete

  • Anna Penrhys knew him, and treacherously revealed some of the enemy's secrets, notably concerning what he termed our incorrigible turn for bribery.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Volume 6

  • Anna Penrhys knew him, and treacherously revealed some of the enemy's secrets, notably concerning what he termed our incorrigible turn for bribery.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • 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.

    Memoirs of Carwin, the Biloquist

  • An incorrigible is a terrible human being — at least such is the connotation of "incorrigible" in prison psychology.

    Chapter 2

  • An incorrigible is a terrible human beingat least such is the connotation of "incorrigible" in prison psychology.

    Chapter 2

  • They were starting to lean on us, and for punishment had put us in "incorrigible row."

    Storz, Ronald E.

  • The word "incorrigible" -- a word lately pronounced by Dr. Monygham -- floated into her still and sad immobility.

    Nostromo: a Tale of the Seaboard

  • The word "incorrigible" -- a word lately pronounced by Dr. Monygham -- floated into her still and sad immobility.

    Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard

  • Obviously, she knew Sinatra was incorrigible, which is why she didnt want him around the White House, but she really did not know he had been'Jack's pimp all those years ago.

    Sinatra The Man Behind the Myth

Comments

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  • Used neatly in the construct 'hopeless and incorrigible'.

    August 15, 2008

  • also used neatly in 'Mary Poppins'..

    December 7, 2008

  • One of the boys in "The Sound Of Music." was this.

    August 5, 2012

  • adjective: impervious to correction by punishment

    Tom Sawyer seems like an incorrigible youth until Huck Finn enters the novel; even Sawyer can't match his fierce individual spirit.

    October 19, 2016