ETYM Old Eng. erraunt, errant, errand, equiv. to Eng. errant wandering, which was first applied to vagabonds, as an errant rogue, an errant thief, and hence passed gradually into its present and worse sense. Related to Errant.
Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; SYN. complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, stark, staring, thoroughgoing, utter.
Downright; unmitigated; infamous.
ETYM Latin chronicus, Greek, concerning time, from kronos time: cf. French chronique.
(Medicine) Being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering.
In medicine, term used to describe a condition that is of slow onset and then runs a prolonged course, such as rheumatoid arthritis or chronic bronchitis. In contrast, an acute condition develops quickly and may be of relatively short duration.
Having a habit of long standing; SYN. confirmed, habitual, inveterate.
1. Having been established or made firm or received the rite of confirmation.
2. Of persons; not subject to change.
ETYM Latin impaenitens; pref. im- not + paenitens penitens: cf. French impénitent. Related to Penitent.
1. Impervious to moral persuasion.
2. Not penitent or remorseful; SYN. unrepentant, unremorseful.
ETYM Latin inveteratus, p. p. of inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old. Related to Veteran.
1. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing.
2. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual.
3. Long-established; confirmed.
4. Confirmed; long-established.
ETYM Latin obduratus, p. p. of obdurare to harden; ob + durare to harden, durus hard. Related to Dure.
1. Hardened in feelings, esp. against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked.
2. Hard; harsh; rugged; rough; intractable.
3. Obstinate; hard-hearted.
ETYM Latin rigidus, from rigere to be stiff or numb: cf. French rigide. Related to Rigor.
1. Incapable of or resistant to bending; SYN. stiff.
2. Incapable of compromise or flexibility; SYN. strict.
3. (Aeronautics) Designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure.