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They said they are divorcing because of irreconcilable differences.
  not reconcilable (impossible to make compatible or to resolve)
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irreconcilable irreconcilably irreconcilability
Strongly Associated with:   reconcile, reconcile
Standard prefix:  When "ir" is added as a prefix to a familiar word, it usually means "not".
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  • They said they are divorcing because of irreconcilable differences.
  • We concluded that our differences were irreconcilable, so we divorced.
  • Now that Jean Louise was grown, they had never been able to sustain fifteen minutes’ conversation with one another without advancing irreconcilable points of view, invigorating in friendships, but in close blood relations producing only uneasy cordiality.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • In retrospect one must view the schism as completely awful, and irreconcilably complete.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • He continued reading: The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • We were irreconcilably other, and never was it more obvious than when the three of us walked through the empty plane, the stewardess nodding sympathetically and gesturing us toward our row in the distant back.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I had so much time to spare, that the proposal came as a relief, notwithstanding its irreconcilability with my latent desire to keep my eye on the coach-office.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • No matter how loudly they posture in the roles of irreconcilable antagonists, their moral codes are alike, and so are their aims: in matter-the enslavement of man’s body, in spirit-the destruction of his mind.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He became, on this matter, everything which Arthur was not— the irreconcilable opposite of the Englishman.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The seventeenth century was on the whole characterized by tensions between irreconcilable contrasts.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • Now envy and antipathy, passions irreconcilable in reason, nevertheless in fact may spring conjoined like Chang and Eng in one birth.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Between these two irreconcilable conclusions: the one, that what I felt was general and unavoidable; the other, that it was particular to me, and might have been different: I balanced curiously, with no distinct sense of their opposition to each other.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But every circumstance that could embitter such an evil seemed uniting to heighten the misery of Marianne in a final separation from Willoughby—in an immediate and irreconcilable rupture with him.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Both are valid ways of looking at the world although irreconcilable with each other.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And this invention would certainly have taken place, to the great ease as well as health of the subject, if the women, in conjunction with the vulgar and illiterate, had not threatened to raise a rebellion unless they might be allowed the liberty to speak with their tongues, after the manner of their forefathers; such constant irreconcilable enemies to science are the common people.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • In the aspect of this dark-arrayed, pale-faced, ladylike old figure there was a deeply tragic character that contrasted irreconcilably with the ludicrous pettiness of her employment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It is likely that these occupations are irreconcilable with home enjoyment, but it is certain that Mr. Bucket at present does not go home.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Despair may be vindictive and irreconcilable, and the suicide, laying his hands on himself, may well have felt redoubled hatred for those whom he had envied all his life.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • In the hall he found Mrs. Penniman, fluttered and eager; she appeared to have been hovering there under the irreconcilable promptings of her curiosity and her dignity.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Tereza and Sabina represented the two poles of his life, separate and irreconcilable, yet equally appealing.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • In their irreconcilable far-apartness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Amory’s secret ideal had all the slicker qualifications, but, in addition, courage and tremendous brains and talents—also Amory conceded him a bizarre streak that was quite irreconcilable to the slicker proper.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • To break with Osmond once would be to break for ever; any open acknowledgement of irreconcilable needs would be an admission that their whole attempt had proved a failure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Yet with the iterated and reiterated thought, based on the seemingly irreparable and irreconcilable loss of Sondra, as to whether it was possible for him to go on with this—make this, as he at times saw it, almost useless fight.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This law was made by Utopus, not only for preserving the public peace, which he saw suffered much by daily contentions and irreconcilable heats, but because he thought the interest of religion itself required it.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • So much so that he was unable to understand the rather indelicate part commonly attributed to M. d’Orsan in his relations with a certain wealthy woman, and that whenever he thought of him he was obliged to set that evil reputation on one side, as irreconcilable with so many unmistakable proofs of his genuine sincerity and refinement.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But the voice would keep on going over there beyond the wall, and the feet would keep on tramping, back and forth like the feet of a heavy animal prowling and swinging back and forth with a heavy swaying head in a locked-up room, or a cage, hunting for the place to get out, not giving up and irreconcilably and savagely sure that there was going to be a loose board or bar or latch sometime, not now but sometime.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • That he should ever fall into a thoroughly unpleasant position—wear trousers shrunk with washing, eat cold mutton, have to walk for want of a horse, or to "duck under" in any sort of way—was an absurdity irreconcilable with those cheerful intuitions implanted in him by nature.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …for Edith, having given certain necessary orders for arranging matters within the Castle, had followed the dead-alive up to the stranger’s apartment attended by as many of the guests, male and female, as could squeeze into the small room, while others, crowding the staircase, caught up an erroneous edition of the story, and transmitted it still more inaccurately to those beneath, who again sent it forth to the vulgar without, in a fashion totally irreconcilable to the real fact.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • On the tragic side were the Miss Bertrams, Henry Crawford, and Mr. Yates; on the comic, Tom Bertram, not quite alone, because it was evident that Mary Crawford’s wishes, though politely kept back, inclined the same way: but his determinateness and his power seemed to make allies unnecessary; and, independent of this great irreconcilable difference, they wanted a piece containing very few characters in the whole, but every character first-rate, and three principal women.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • In the manner of thrusting the corpse up the chimney, you will admit that there was something _excessively outré_—something altogether irreconcilable with our common notions of human action, even when we suppose the actors the most depraved of men.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Or were their conditions irreconcilable?
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Strange how this certainty was not vague, yet irreconcilable with any plans he created!
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • For it was clear that the two were irreconcilable, the state and the individual conscious of himself.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • That year the paths of Jaime and Nicolas separated for good, because their differences had become irreconcilable.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • A middle course was hit upon by the legislators, which brought together by force two systems theoretically irreconcilable.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I can’t believe she’s been living like this, this irreconcilable mix of tidy suburbanality and creepy decay.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • His means are as admirable as his ends; every subordinate invention, by which he helps himself to connect some irreconcilable opposites, is a poem too.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • To break with Osmond once would be to break for ever; any open acknowledgement of irreconcilable needs would be an admission that their whole attempt had proved a failure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • How can you be so cocksure that the holy of scientific knowledge systematized in the writings of Charles Darwin is, in any way, irreconcilable with the spirit of the Book of Genesis?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • I could stand it no longer; so I determined at last to submit the whole case to my uncle, in the most adroit manner possible, and under the form of some totally irreconcilable hypothesis.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • They seem still to aim at things repugnant and irreconcilable; at an augmentation of federal authority, without a diminution of State authority; at sovereignty in the Union, and complete independence in the members.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The purified abstraction, the ideal, is at the same time also the absolute, and is thus rigor itself, and contains far more profound and radical possibilities for hatred, for categorical and irreconcilable hostility than are found in social life.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He was a singular man in all respects; he might not have been quite in earnest, but that the short, hard, rapid manner in which he shot out these cinders of principles, as if it were done by mechanical revolvency, seemed irreconcilable with banter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He only half-listened to the talk in the outer office, trying to adjust in his mind the irreconcilable images—the new man, Salvador, as he’d seen him last, filtering coffee through a piece of screen, and that other image, too intense for ordinary reality, the blood-spattered hallway.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • All that is now obscure shall become plain to our expanded faculties; and what to our present senses may seem irreconcilable to our limited notions of mercy, of justice, and of love, shall stand irradiated by the light of truth, confessedly the suggestions of Omniscience, and the acts of an All-powerful Benevolence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • A solid phalanx of theatre-weary journalists in an afternoon humor, most of them committed to irreconcilable disparagement of problem plays, and all of them bound by etiquette to be as undemonstrative as possible, is not exactly the sort of audience that rises at the performers and cures them of the inevitable reaction after an excitingly successful first night.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • We’d gone to grammar school together, with the nuns, and then Jerry had gone to a Catholic high school and I switched to public and we saw each other only rarely, in a movie lobby maybe buying a Coke, he’s with his friends, I’m with mine, and there was a curious sense of separation, not unfriendly but deep, and it was the school difference partly, the veering of habits and practices, but also something irreconcilable, the style, the friends, the future.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "I am a mortal and irreconcilable enemy to monarchy," he would later tell Rush, after Rush expressed worry that Adams had abandoned the ideals of 1776.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …of the doctrines and practice of Socialism, free from haste and spite and hard words, and came upon the public with a kind of May-day freshness, amidst the worry and terror of the moment; and though the knowing well understood that the meaning of this move in the game was mere defiance, and a token of irreconcilable hostility to the then rulers of society, and though, also, they were meant for nothing else by ’the rebels,’ yet they really had their effect as ’educational articles.’
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
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