Share this entry

Share this page

irreparable

Line breaks: ir|rep¦ar|able
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛp(ə)rəb(ə)l
 
/

Definition of irreparable in English:

adjective

(Of an injury or loss) impossible to rectify or repair: they were doing irreparable damage to my heart and lungs
More example sentences
  • The whole nation mourned the irreparable loss as Nelson laid peacefully in his sarcophagus.
  • Now, some people will insist that massive strokes leave irreparable injuries to the brain.
  • We are doomed to choose, and every choice may entail an irreparable loss.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin irreparabilis, from in- 'not' + reparabilis (see reparable).

Derivatives

irreparability

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, Arendt names him as one who was aware of ‘the irreparability of the break in tradition’.

irreparably

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Instead, he investigates how these profit motives touch - and irreparably damage - the lives of ordinary people.
  • I hope my sins of omission haven't hurt you irreparably.
  • We've invoked an irreparably damaging and irresponsible foreign policy of ‘our way or the highway’.

Definition of irreparable in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…