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incorrigible

adjective

  1. (impervious, correction, punishment)  impervious to correction by punishment
    Similar to: uncontrollable, unreformable
  2. (unmitigated)  not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
    Synonyms: bardacious [New England, southern United States], bowdacious [southern United States],...

Etymology summary

Old French incorrigible (mid-14th century), or directly from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

incorrigible | ineradicable [synonym, sense-specific] | incorrigibility [derived] | incorrigibleness [noun, derived]

beyond correction, reform, or alteration | firmly rooted; ineradicable | [philosophy] (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes ... (19 of 454 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Incorrigibility

a property of a philosophical proposition, which implies that it's necessarily true simply by virtue of being believed. A common example of such a proposition is RenĂ© Descartes' "cogito ergo sum". Johnathan Harrison has argued that "incorrigible" may... (38 of 388 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Incorrigibility

Merriam-Webster:

incorrigible | depraved [synonym] | unruly [synonym] | inveterate [synonym] | delinquent [synonym] | unalterable [synonym] | hopeless [synonym] | incurable [synonym] | irrecoverable [synonym] | ...

incapable of being corrected or amended: as ; not reformable; "depraved" ; "delinquent" ; not manageable; "unruly" ; "unalterable", "inveterate" (20 of 297 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incorrigible

Oxford Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibility [derived] | incorrigibly [derived]

(of a person or their behaviour) not able to be changed or reformed | an incorrigible person (16 of 96 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incorrigible

Wiktionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibles [plural] | irredeemable [synonym, sense-specific] | irreparable [synonym, sense-specific] | corrigible [antonym, sense-specific] | unmanageable [synonym, sense-specific] | incurable [synonym, sense-specific]

defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright. | incurably depraved; not reformable. | impervious to correction by punishment or pain. | unmanageable. | determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon. | [archaic] incurable. |... (30 of 61 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/incorrigible

American Heritage Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibility [noun, related] | incorrigibleness [noun, related] | incorrigibly [adverb, related]

Incapable of being corrected or reformed | Firmly rooted; ineradicable | Difficult or impossible to control or manage | One that cannot be corrected ... (21 of 60 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incorrigible

Random House Dictionary:

incorrigible

not corrigible; bad beyond correction or reform. | impervious to constraints or punishment; willful; unruly; uncontrollable. | firmly fixed; not ... (18 of 57 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/incorrigible

New World Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibility [related] | incorrigibly [adverb, related]

not corrigible; that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed, especially ... | an incorrigible person (14 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incorrigible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

incorrigible [humorous]

someone who is incorrigible does bad things or has bad habits and will not change (15 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/incorrigible

Cambridge Dictionary:

incorrigible [humorous] | incorrigibly [adverb, derived]

An incorrigible person or behaviour is bad and impossible to change or improve (13 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/incorrigible

Encarta Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibles [plural]

impossible or very difficult to correct or reform | impossible or very difficult to control or keep in order | somebody or something that is ... (23 of 83 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620737​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

incorrigible

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Old French incorrigible (mid-14th century), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis "not to be corrected", from in- "not, opposite ... (21 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=incorrigible

Wiktionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibles [plural]

Origin: 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".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/incorrigible

American Heritage Dictionary:

incorrigible

Origin: Middle English, from Latin incorrigibilis: in-, not; see "in-" [entry 1] + corrigere, to correct; see "correct".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incorrigible

Oxford Dictionary:

incorrigible

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

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incorrigible

Merriam-Webster:

incorrigible

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin incorrigibilis, from Latin in- + corrigere to correct

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incorrigible

New World Dictionary:

incorrigible

Origin: Middle English incorygibile from Old French from Late Latin incorrigibilis

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incorrigible

Encarta Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibles [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin incorrigibilis "not able to be corrected" from corrigere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620737​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

incorrigible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "incorrigible"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/incorrigible

Macmillan American Dictionary:

incorrigible [humorous]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "incorrigible"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/incorrigible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

incorrigible [humorous]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "incorrigible"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/incorrigible

Cambridge Dictionary:

incorrigible [humorous]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "incorrigible"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "incorrigible"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/incorrigible

the Free Dictionary:

incorrigible

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "incorrigible"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "incorrigible"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "incorrigible" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

incorrigible | incorrigibles [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "incorrigible"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

incorrigible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "incorrigible"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=incorr​04 word=incorrigible

YourDictionary Audio:

incorrigible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "incorrigible" by speech synthesizer

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