The parents / Teachers punish these types of kids frequently . As a result they just no longer fear and remain unaffected no matter how much they are scolded. For instance, my mom rebukes my younger brother so often that he has started taking it lightly . I've even seen him tittering while receiving reprimands from mom.

  • Brave, dauntless, unflinching ?
    – Irhala
    Nov 17, 2016 at 14:02
  • Also, you should provide an example sentence as requested in the single-word-request tag description
    – Irhala
    Nov 17, 2016 at 14:02
  • You could also consider churlish
    – Jim
    Nov 17, 2016 at 15:06
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    .... traumatized Nov 17, 2016 at 15:30
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    Please do not create the example sentence if you are not the person who needs the word.
    – MetaEd
    Nov 17, 2016 at 17:32

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inure VERB

[WITH OBJECT] 1. (usually be inured to) Accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant: ‘these children have been inured to violence

Per your example

This boy is so inured to scolding that no amount of it will deter him from his mischief.


It's not quite what you're after. However, an incorrigible person is somebody who cannot be deterred or reformed in any way, including through punishment or admonishment.

  • This boy is so incorrigible that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief.

Here's a definition from Google:



adjective: incorrigible

  1. (of a person or their behaviour) not able to be changed or reformed.

"she's an incorrigible flirt"

synonyms: inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened.


Those kids got hardened by the scoldings/punishments that they got and no longer fear them.

This boy is so hardened that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief.


hardened ADJECTIVE

2 [attributive] Very experienced in a particular job or activity and therefore not easily upset by its more unpleasant aspects:
‘hardened police officers’

‘Experienced sportsmen become hardened and learn to deal with this sort of thing.’


Desensitized, literally, 'to become less sensitive to', is another possibility. Ex:"He became desensitized to the pain of the punishments."


Consider wayward.


  • tending to behave in ways that are not socially acceptable

  • not going or moving in the intended direction

  • self-willed and rebellious


Above all have faith in yourself and your child and you can see the result in the years to come as your wayward teen grows into the adult you can be proud of. It will be your crowning achievement.



From a Google search of the word we get the definition and synonyms:

  • definition: make or become accustomed or used to something.

  • synonyms: accustomed, familiarized, adapted, adjusted, attuned, acclimatized, acculturated, conditioned

Used in the sample sentence:

This boy is so habituated that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief.

Reasoning for habituated working in this instance:

This speaks to the OP prompt about the parents/teachers frequent punishment being a primary driver of the immunity to any amount of scolding.

  • I like it, but it would be better if you give your source.
    – Juan M
    Nov 17, 2016 at 16:36

Consider numb [TFD]

  1. Emotionally unresponsive; indifferent: numb to yet another appeal.


Example use in your sentence:

This boy is so wild that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief.

This fits because one common phrase is to run wild, defined as:

To show lack of restraint or control:

Those children are allowed to run wild.

Source: Dictionary.com



Dfn. Merriam-Webster:

adjective  re·bel·lious -yəs

Simple Definition of rebellious

: fighting against a government

: refusing to obey rules or authority or to accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc. 

: having or showing a tendency to rebel


intractable is related but probably not an exact fit

This boy is so intractable that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief

Definitions include:

Difficult to persuade or keep under control, as in behavior

(American Heritage)

not easily governed, managed, or directed


an intractable child who deliberately does the opposite of whatever he is told


difficult to influence or direct



I would simply go with stubborn:

From Google:

stub·born adjective

having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so.


This boy is so stubborn that no amount of scolding will deter him from his mischief.

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    Nice, but please, include the name of the dictionary where you found it.
    – Juan M
    Nov 17, 2016 at 16:39

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