double-dyed

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Adjective[edit]

double-dyed (not comparable)

  1. Dyed twice; thoroughly or intensely coloured.
  2. (figuratively) Firmly fixed in opinions or habits; confirmed; inveterate.
    a double-dyed villain
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume II, chapter 14:
      "People who have extensive grounds themselves are always pleased with any thing in the same style" Emma doubted the truth of this sentiment. She had a great idea that people who had extensive grounds themselves cared very little for the extensive grounds of any body else; but it was not worth while to attack an error so double-dyed []