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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an irreversible coma (=a permanent one)
▪ He had been in an irreversible coma since the disaster.
permanent/irreparable/irreversible damage (=that cannot be repaired)
▪ By smoking for so long, she may have suffered irreversible damage to her health.
▪ They seem to be address objectives that have been overtaken by irreversible changes both in technology and consumer expectations.
▪ Stopping rivers and creating lakes, it was reported, had caused irreversible changes to thousands of acres of land.
▪ However, he mistook certain war-time conditions in the main belligerent states as being irreversible changes.
▪ Far more important than this change, though, is the irreversible change in the character of universities.
▪ Fundamental and irreversible changes ought only to be imposed, if at all, in the light of an unmistakable national consensus.
▪ Although we know intellectually that the statusquo can not be maintained for ever, we feel profoundly disturbed when irreversible change actually happens.
▪ The fundamental question is whether a third or fourth Thatcher term would produce irreversible changes.
▪ This has done severe, irreversible damage to our identity.
▪ A third priority is to stop irreversible damage to the natural environment.
▪ Prolonged fixation often lead to irreversible damage as muscles atrophied.
▪ Conservationists however, claim that many licenses must be immediately revoked to avoid irreversible damage.
▪ Second, if the condition goes unrecognised, or is incorrectly treated, irreversible damage may occur.
▪ As a consequence some have suffered irreversible damage to their health.
▪ Much evidence now exists which shows that hypochlorites inhibit collagen synthesis and cause irreversible damage to the micro-circulation.
▪ an irreversible decision
▪ Despite claims made by skincare manufacturers, the effects of ageing are irreversible.
▪ New technology has brought about irreversible changes in society.
▪ A third priority is to stop irreversible damage to the natural environment.
▪ Among the drugs that may cause irreversible injury to the vestibular hair cells are streptomycin, neomycin, and gentamicin.
▪ But things are changing and some of these changes look irreversible.
▪ Much of this simplification may be irreversible.
▪ The consensus among scientists is that global warming is irreversible.
▪ They intend to build a socialist state, and the revolution which they have begun is irreversible.
▪ We urge you to ensure the most stringent environmental assessment procedures are followed before any irreversible damage is done.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Irreversible \Ir`re*vers"i*ble\, a.

  1. Incapable of being reversed or turned about or back; incapable of being made to run backward; as, an irreversible engine; an irreversible process; an irreversible reaction.

  2. Incapable of being reversed, recalled, repealed, or annulled; as, an irreversible sentence or decree.

    This rejection of the Jews, as it is not universal, so neither is it final and irreversible.

    Syn: Irrevocable; irrepealable; unchangeable.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + reversible. Related: Irreversibly.


a. 1 incapable of being reversed or turned about or back; incapable of being made to run backward. 2 Incapable of being reversed, recalled, repealed, or annulled.

  1. adj. impossible to reverse or be reversed; "irreversible momentum toward revolution" [ant: reversible]

  2. impossible to reverse or undo; "an irreversible decree"


Irreversible may refer to:

  • Irreversible process, in thermodynamics, a process that is not reversible
  • Irréversible, a 2002 film
  • Irréversible (soundtrack), soundtrack to the film Irréversible
  • An album recorded by hip-hop artist Grieves
Irréversible (soundtrack)

Irréversible is the soundtrack album to the film of the same name, as well as a solo album by Thomas Bangalter. The album was produced by Bangalter, who is best known for being one-half of the French house duo Daft Punk. The tracks "Outrun" and "Extra Dry" were featured on the Midnight Club II soundtrack. North American pressings of the soundtrack omit the Mahler, Daho and Beethoven selections. "Outrun" and "Ventura" were previously released on Bangalter's Trax on da Rocks EP while "Extra Dry" had appeared in Trax on da Rocks Vol. 2.


Irréversible is a 2002 French art drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear narrative and follows two men through the streets of Paris as they seek to avenge a brutally raped girlfriend. The film's soundtrack was composed by the electronic musician Thomas Bangalter, best known as half of the Daft Punk duo.

American film critic Roger Ebert called it "a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable." Irréversible competed at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and won the Stockholm International Film Festival's award for best film.

Irreversible has been associated with a series of films defined as the cinéma du corps ("cinema of the body"), which according to Palmer share affinities with certain avant-garde productions: an attenuated use of narrative, assaulting and often illegible cinematography, confrontational subject material, a pervasive sense of social nihilism or despair. Irreversible has also been associated with the New French Extremity movement.

The film was particularly controversial upon its release for its graphic portrayal of violence, specifically the scene where a man is savagely bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher and its 10-minute long take rape scene of Alex (Monica Bellucci). It had accusations of apparent homophobia as well.

Usage examples of "irreversible".

With the fearlessness of the innocent child, the intellectual and spiritual recklessness of a heedless scientist or saint, Alice takes her gigantic, apparently irreversible, leap into the world beneath ordinary human experience.

The copilot watched the red and green graphics as the computer fed Stonecypher cardiotonic drugs, mechanically seeking to stave off irreversible shock.

Those who disposed of him intended an irreversible demystification, something that would make the act of king-killing almost prosaic.

But the seconds of inexplicable survival stretched on into minutes while Hoveler kept trying very cleverly and subtly to inflict damage, controlled but irreversible, upon the thinking hardware.

But to stay here meant to face chemicals, probably administered inexpertly and in such quantities that they would sustain serious and irreversible damage.

The woman, a 46-year-old Boston accountant with irreversible restenosis of the heart, responded so well to the replacement of her defective heart with a Jarvik IX Exterior Artificial Heart that within weeks she was able to resume the active lifestyle she had so enjoyed before stricken, pursuing her active schedule with the extraordinary prosthesis portably installed in a stylish Etienne Aigner purse.

This historical process of subjectivization was revolutionary in the sense that it determined a paradigmatic and irreversible change in the mode of life of the multitude.

Lately he was increasingly frightened by his emotional detachment, an unwanted but apparently irreversible hardening of the heart that would soon leave him with auricles of marble and ventricles of common stone.

Just as it took few starfaring races to start many more on same course, irreversible change, so it could take few new races who go over to wholly new way of evolution for rest to do likewise eventually.

Richard banished this evil magic, but it had been here in the world of life for a time, so the effects may be irreversible.

You see, she can recover from a number of small doses, but at some unknown point the effects cumulate and become irreversible.

The process of decreation is unstoppable and irreversible, much like entropy.

Dr Aguilar also ordered a dose of Dilantin to help control the boy's seizures but decided not to go ahead with any heavier antiseizure drug therapy for fear that it would cause Hector to go into an irreversible coma.

As Sharon Bertsch McGrayne notes in her absorbing history of industrial chemistry, Prometheans in the Lab, when employees at one plant developed irreversible delusions, a spokesman blandly informed reporters: “These men probably went insane because they worked too hard.

And if, already, some of the millions of schoolkids and adults labeled with ADD--Attention Deficit Disorder--and, put on drugs such as Ritalin, were starting to develop a Tourette-like syndrome, with facial tics and twitches that might be irreversible?