ir·​re·​deem·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \

Definition of irredeemable

1 : not redeemable: such as
a : not terminable by payment of the principal irredeemable bond
2 : being beyond remedy : hopeless irredeemable mistakes

Other Words from irredeemable

irredeemably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈdē-​mə-​blē How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irredeemable in a Sentence

She does not believe that anyone is completely irredeemable. Without intervention, the country could fall into irredeemable chaos.
Recent Examples on the Web The film is an elaborately detailed depiction of a depraved, irredeemable universe. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 It’s this sense of irredeemable loss and long-echoing emptiness, of course, that inspired George and Martha to engage in the sad fantasy of rearing a son. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Walter said the willingness to resort to violence (and even turn against your own children) is symptomatic of a new extremism in America that believes modern society is irredeemable and its end must be hastened. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 To Villanueva, that means the district attorney’s reluctance to seek the harshest possible sentences or try juveniles as adults will eventually lead to irredeemable violent offenders returning to victimize L.A. County again and again. James Queallystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Rorty’s critique of intellectual culture—partly couched in a discussion of novels that were current and are now largely forgotten, in which a vision of a rotted, irredeemable America was advanced—rings true today. Parker Richards, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 Phoenix’s Joker was a real deviant; Rogowski makes Hans a dissatisfied lover and nonconforming irredeemable — countering the millennium’s anodyne Buttigieg progressive. Armond White, National Review, 11 Mar. 2022 Johnson’s missteps, gaffes, and lies have all been damaging, and may already have developed into a disqualifying picture of chaos for many voters, but none on its own has yet proved irredeemable (though, perhaps, this latest scandal will become so). Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 Germany's Weimar Republic was filled with groups making quite similar arguments and claims about the irredeemable decadence of the present order of things. Damon Linker, The Week, 15 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of irredeemable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ir·​re·​deem·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈdē-mə-bəl How to pronounce irredeemable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irredeemable

: impossible to save or help an irredeemable gambler

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