Definition of irredeemable in English:

irredeemable

adjective

  • 1Not able to be saved, improved, or corrected.

    ‘so many irredeemable mistakes have been made’
    • ‘So how do you distinguish the redeemable from the irredeemable?’
    • ‘In reality, pathologically murderous tyrants are fairly irredeemable.’
    • ‘Dark, menacing, confusing, oppressive - I won't go on - it's irredeemable in my book.’
    • ‘But guitar lessons weren't much better than my irredeemable attempts to learn the recorder.’
    • ‘The winner of their meeting at Templeville Road tomorrow evening will enhance their own position and deal an irredeemable blow to the losers.’
    • ‘Though he might be tarnished slightly in his home state, this is far from irredeemable, and he is well liked and respected nationally.’
    • ‘It's all a pity, because Elvis' reputation might be irredeemable by now.’
    • ‘But Ambler's cynics are irredeemable, whereas Furst's are usually amenable to a little persuasion.’
    • ‘The Hyatt is a tour-guided pilgrim's hotel of irredeemable ghastliness.’
    • ‘Gollum is ugly, scrawny, cunning, sneaky - and, by the time The Return of the King starts, completely irredeemable.’
    • ‘For the latter, the act is unforgivable and the perpetrator irredeemable.’
    • ‘He can drop back down to Austin and tap one of the truly irredeemable die-hards on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.’
    • ‘Partly, this was because she was a genius, and her work made irredeemable confetti of a lot of little worldviews.’
    • ‘More often than not, tribute albums are irredeemable junk.’
    • ‘Golub describes them as his ‘most austere, irredeemable, and existentially fatalistic works’.’
    • ‘He remains curiously aloof and is one of the writer's greatest challenges - a man who can't be reached: unconvinced, irredeemable.’
    • ‘My other reaction to the post is how quick we are as Christians to write someone off as irredeemable, as if we make that decision.’
    • ‘But then again, maybe I'm just an irredeemable optimist.’
    • ‘This ensured that the majority of children got a decent education; the flip side was that it left the irredeemable to pursue a murderous path through their neighbourhood’
    • ‘Sadly for the whole decade white American pop/rock was pretty much the aforementioned irredeemable disaster.’
    inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened
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  • 2(of paper currency) for which the issuing authority does not undertake to pay coin.

    • ‘The Constitution still prohibits the use of irredeemable currency and synthetic credit.’
    • ‘However, it is important to note that the discount on irredeemable currency, although obviously going to 100 percent, is never doing it along a straight line.’
    • ‘It started with the U.S. Treasury defaulting on its gold obligation to foreigners in 1971, thereby foisting a regime of irredeemable currency upon the world.’
    • ‘The managers of the regime of irredeemable currency are either unaware of or tend to ignore the bias they have themselves introduced into speculation.’
    • ‘In auctioning off monetary gold the managers of irredeemable currency are trying, in vain, to buy time to save their tottering regime.’
    1. 2.1 (of securities) on which no date is given for repayment of the capital sum.
      • ‘Pibs are irredeemable shares that pay a fixed rate of interest.’
      • ‘Fraught bond negotiations concluded with the trustees selling 7.3 per cent thirty-year irredeemable gold bonds.’

Pronunciation

irredeemable

/ɪrɪˈdiːməb(ə)l/