Definition of irredeemable in English:



  • 1Not able to be saved, improved, or corrected.

    ‘so many irredeemable mistakes have been made’
    • ‘He can drop back down to Austin and tap one of the truly irredeemable die-hards on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.’
    • ‘He remains curiously aloof and is one of the writer's greatest challenges - a man who can't be reached: unconvinced, irredeemable.’
    • ‘But then again, maybe I'm just an irredeemable optimist.’
    • ‘Gollum is ugly, scrawny, cunning, sneaky - and, by the time The Return of the King starts, completely irredeemable.’
    • ‘The winner of their meeting at Templeville Road tomorrow evening will enhance their own position and deal an irredeemable blow to the losers.’
    • ‘Though he might be tarnished slightly in his home state, this is far from irredeemable, and he is well liked and respected nationally.’
    • ‘Sadly for the whole decade white American pop/rock was pretty much the aforementioned irredeemable disaster.’
    • ‘My other reaction to the post is how quick we are as Christians to write someone off as irredeemable, as if we make that decision.’
    • ‘For the latter, the act is unforgivable and the perpetrator irredeemable.’
    • ‘But guitar lessons weren't much better than my irredeemable attempts to learn the recorder.’
    • ‘This ensured that the majority of children got a decent education; the flip side was that it left the irredeemable to pursue a murderous path through their neighbourhood’
    • ‘Golub describes them as his ‘most austere, irredeemable, and existentially fatalistic works’.’
    • ‘But Ambler's cynics are irredeemable, whereas Furst's are usually amenable to a little persuasion.’
    • ‘More often than not, tribute albums are irredeemable junk.’
    • ‘It's all a pity, because Elvis' reputation might be irredeemable by now.’
    • ‘Partly, this was because she was a genius, and her work made irredeemable confetti of a lot of little worldviews.’
    • ‘Dark, menacing, confusing, oppressive - I won't go on - it's irredeemable in my book.’
    • ‘So how do you distinguish the redeemable from the irredeemable?’
    • ‘The Hyatt is a tour-guided pilgrim's hotel of irredeemable ghastliness.’
    • ‘In reality, pathologically murderous tyrants are fairly irredeemable.’
    inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened
  • 2(of paper currency) for which the issuing authority does not undertake to pay coin.

    • ‘In auctioning off monetary gold the managers of irredeemable currency are trying, in vain, to buy time to save their tottering regime.’
    • ‘The Constitution still prohibits the use of irredeemable currency and synthetic credit.’
    • ‘However, it is important to note that the discount on irredeemable currency, although obviously going to 100 percent, is never doing it along a straight line.’
    • ‘The managers of the regime of irredeemable currency are either unaware of or tend to ignore the bias they have themselves introduced into speculation.’
    • ‘It started with the U.S. Treasury defaulting on its gold obligation to foreigners in 1971, thereby foisting a regime of irredeemable currency upon the world.’
    1. 2.1(of securities) on which no date is given for repayment of the capital sum.
      ‘Pibs are irredeemable shares that pay a fixed rate of interest.’
      ‘Fraught bond negotiations concluded with the trustees selling 7.3 per cent thirty-year irredeemable gold bonds.’