Definition of incorrigible in English:

incorrigible

adjective

  • (of a person or their behaviour) not able to be changed or reformed:

    ‘she's an incorrigible flirt’
    • ‘All the while, a hapless Maggie sits in the drivers' seat, helpless to stop the incorrigible bug from exercising its mighty will.’
    • ‘I bet she knows her husband is an incorrigible flirt who seems to have sex on the brain all the time.’
    • ‘Babel leaves the reader often stunned by his intermittent inhumanity, his incorrigible sentimentality, his deep attachment to Jews, his breezy indifference to Jews, and his love and horror in the face of revolutionary upheaval.’
    • ‘The usual plan is to hit town and grill the nearest toothless old codger or incorrigible oddball.’
    • ‘All who do are either heroes or incorrigible optimists.’
    • ‘The incorrigible nanny provided the majority of the laughs throughout with her classroom scene and exercise routines the most humorous of the panto.’
    • ‘The most compelling portrait in the book is that of Sukanya's grandmother, Ragini Devi, dancer, scholar, and incorrigible rebel.’
    • ‘Governments are incorrigible optimists; they believe unabashed self-promotion will yield electoral dividends.’
    • ‘A cat person, claws in velvet paws, he was malicious, vain, an incorrigible snob and social climber, who oiled his way, first, into the society of prominent persons, and then into personal prominence.’
    • ‘An incorrigible striker of attitudes, which is all the more dangerous and at times effective, as he talks himself into believing them himself… Has no sense of morality, thoroughly selfish.’
    • ‘I was driving to work this morning when I heard the incorrigible duo on the morning radio talk show.’
    • ‘I mean, you've celebrated your second-year anniversary, and you've got this little guy, who I hear is an incorrigible flirt.’
    • ‘He is a great, flabby sham, an actor close to suicide, maybe - and this is an extraordinary display of incipient madness or incorrigible playfulness.’
    • ‘However, now pushing 60, a twilight-years philosophy is creeping into the Lemmster's previously incorrigible worldview, with takes on death and environmentalism.’
    • ‘He's an incorrigible womanizer who wants to change in order to be worthy of the fiancée he abandoned and then lost track of in the war.’
    • ‘You may pass me off as an incorrigible pessimist for having spoken thus; but believe me, if you were in my spectacles or better still if you analyse life the way I have, may be you would have separate ideas.’
    • ‘However, Singh has also long been seen as an enfant terrible, an incorrigible roué. There is something gratifying about such an image, and I don't particularly judge him for cultivating it.’
    • ‘Cities are complex and demand innovative representational procedures capable of conveying their incorrigible plurality.’
    • ‘The incomparable, incorrigible Sally Bowles had me reaching for the green nail polish - divine decadence, darling.’
    • ‘I must admit to being an incorrigible optimist.’
    inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened
    incurable, unreformable, irreformable, irredeemable, intractable, hopeless, beyond hope, beyond redemption
    chronic, diehard, deep-dyed, dyed-in-the-wool, long-standing, addicted, hard-core
    impenitent, uncontrite, unrepentant, unapologetic, unashamed
    impossible
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noun

  • An incorrigible person:

    ‘all repeat offenders, but none of them real hard-case incorrigibles’
    • ‘We would rather not lock up many criminals, who might best be guided gently into better ways, but if such guidance is rejected what alternative do we have for protecting the community from the incorrigible?’
    • ‘The Kenny Anthony I know is someone who would see his family deprived of their just due so the incorrigible among us would have nothing to whet their appetites with suggestions of nepotism.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin incorrigibilis, from in- not + corrigibilis (see corrigible).

Pronunciation

incorrigible

/ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒɪb(ə)l/