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

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irredeemably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈdē-​mə-​blē How to pronounce irredeemably (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 People who argue that Baltimore needs more and better policing should explain why that policing ought to come from the irredeemable Baltimore Police Department, one of the most fundamentally rotten and corrupt institutions in the country. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Abolish These Police Departments," 17 June 2020 The Morning Show presents a woman as culpable but not irredeemableSteve Carrell and Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show Apple The Morning Show is eager to plumb the depths of the #MeToo movement for complicated conversations. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Bombshell Is the Latest Example of Pop Culture Reckoning With the Complicated Reality of #MeToo at Work," 16 Dec. 2019 The final hundred or so pages give an incomparable picture of a country, a society, a culture, brought by totalitarian rivalry to a state of irredeemable collapse. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The War-Time Diaries of Miksa Fenyő: A Little-Known Masterpiece," 26 Sep. 2019 And to place a villain opposite such a noble character as Ram was to render that villain simply irredeemable and all the more menacing. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Ram: The gentle, tragic prince who became the face of aggressive Hindu nationalism," 9 Nov. 2019 Weinstein is unrepentant and irredeemable, which in a way limits his agency over his actions. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Weinstein may be a monster, but the lawyers who enabled him are the real villains in #MeToo takedown ‘She Said’," 12 Sep. 2019 Yet there are way too many endearing acts and instances of real solicitude to dismiss him as an irredeemable jerk. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Can Serena Williams Win the U.S. Open?," 14 Aug. 2019 To be irredeemable is surely to be special, a lone wolf. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Notes on Cancel Culture," 1 July 2019 The only person who has deemed him irredeemable is . . Christine Emba, The Denver Post, "Emba: Sure, Kyle Kashuv deserves some sympathy. But the consequences make sense.," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of irredeemable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irredeemable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of irredeemable

formal : not able to be saved, helped, or made better


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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