[ir-i-dee-muh-buh l]


not redeemable; incapable of being bought back or paid off.
irremediable; irreparable; hopeless.
beyond redemption; irreclaimable.
(of paper money) not convertible into gold or silver.

Origin of irredeemable

First recorded in 1600–10; ir-2 + redeemable
Related formsir·re·deem·a·bil·i·ty, ir·re·deem·a·ble·ness, nounir·re·deem·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of irredeemably

  • The skateboarder is as irredeemably evil as the others are noble.

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    Nathaniel Rich

    December 29, 2014

  • If that theory is true Mohammad may have felt he had been humiliated and had irredeemably lost face.

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    July 14, 2011

  • He describes him as irredeemably corrupt, not an appropriate partner for a pacification program, and cannot change.

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  • The average Italian presumes that the state is hopelessly inefficient and irredeemably corrupt in equal measure.

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    September 23, 2009

Historical Examples of irredeemably

  • Here was one half of the evidence in Lexman's favour gone, irredeemably.

  • Do you mean that she could never be worthy of him—that she is irredeemably wicked?

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    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • The average is higher among them, and they are not so irredeemably uninteresting.

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    Richard Jefferies

  • It is only a complete absence of the moral faculty which is irredeemably bad.

    Hours in a Library

    Leslie Stephen

  • The opportunity to overtake the intruder was irredeemably past.

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    Absalom Martin

British Dictionary definitions for irredeemably



(of bonds, debentures, shares, etc) without a date of redemption of capital; incapable of being bought back directly or paid off
(of paper money) not convertible into specie
(of a sinner) not able to be saved or reformed
(of a loss) not able to be recovered; irretrievable
not able to be improved or rectified; irreparable
Derived Formsirredeemability or irredeemableness, nounirredeemably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irredeemably



c.1600, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + redeemable. Related: Irredeemably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper