incorrigible

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Etymology[edit]

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".

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkɒrɨdʒɨb(ə)l/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkɔɹɨdʒɨb(ə)l/

Adjective[edit]

incorrigible (not comparable)

  1. defective and impossible to materially correct or set aright.
    The construction flaw is incorrigible; any attempt to amend it would cause a complete collapse.
  2. incurably depraved; not reformable.
    His dark soul was too incorrigible to repent, even at his execution.
  3. impervious to correction by punishment or pain.
    The imp is incorrigible: his bottom is still red from his last spanking when he plans the next prank.
  4. unmanageable.
  5. determined, unalterable, hence impossible to improve upon.
    The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.
  6. (archaic) incurable.

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Noun[edit]

incorrigible (plural incorrigibles)

  1. An incorrigibly bad individual
    The incorrigibles in the prison population are either lifers or habitual reoffenders

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1334, from Old French incorrigible (1334), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis (not to be corrected), from in- "not" + corrigere "to correct" + -ibilis "-able".

Adjective[edit]

incorrigible (masculine and feminine, plural incorrigibles)

  1. incorrigible

Noun[edit]

incorrigible m (plural incorrigibles)

  1. An incorrigible

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Adjective[edit]

incorrigible m, f

  1. unpunished
    • Pource que nous ne vouloiens mie que telz fais demourast incorrigibles []
      Because we don't want such deeds to go unpunished

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