Definition of incorrigible in English:



  • (of a person or their tendencies) not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed.

    ‘she's 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.’
    • ‘I bet she knows her husband is an incorrigible flirt who seems to have sex on the brain all the time.’
    • ‘Governments are incorrigible optimists; they believe unabashed self-promotion will yield electoral dividends.’
    • ‘However, now pushing 60, a twilight-years philosophy is creeping into the Lemmster's previously incorrigible worldview, with takes on death and environmentalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The incomparable, incorrigible Sally Bowles had me reaching for the green nail polish - divine decadence, darling.’
    • ‘I was driving to work this morning when I heard the incorrigible duo on the morning radio talk show.’
    • ‘I must admit to being an incorrigible optimist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All who do are either heroes or incorrigible optimists.’
    • ‘All the while, a hapless Maggie sits in the drivers' seat, helpless to stop the incorrigible bug from exercising its mighty will.’
    • ‘Cities are complex and demand innovative representational procedures capable of conveying their incorrigible plurality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The incorrigible nanny provided the majority of the laughs throughout with her classroom scene and exercise routines the most humorous of the panto.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most compelling portrait in the book is that of Sukanya's grandmother, Ragini Devi, dancer, scholar, and incorrigible rebel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, you've celebrated your second-year anniversary, and you've got this little guy, who I hear is an incorrigible flirt.’
    • ‘The usual plan is to hit town and grill the nearest toothless old codger or incorrigible oddball.’
    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
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  • An incorrigible person.

    • ‘‘The aim is to drive a wedge between the rejectionists and the incorrigibles,’ said one senior official involved in policymaking.’
    • ‘Burn a few here, whip a few there, throw the recidivists and incorrigibles into re-education camps to keep the rest in line.’
    • ‘The incorrigibles are allowed only one book - the Bible.’
    • ‘We see the main character's transformation from innocent, Hello-Kitty kid to corrupted, drug-using, sex-having, shoplifting incorrigible.’
    • ‘… and then there's always something from the incorrigibles.’


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