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irreligion

[ir-i-lij-uh n]
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noun
  1. lack of religion.
  2. hostility or indifference to religion; impiety.

Origin of irreligion

First recorded in 1585–95, irreligion is from the Latin word irreligiōn- (stem of irreligiō). See ir-2, religion
Related formsir·re·li·gion·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for irreligion

Historical Examples

  • Yet the irreligion of the West was painted darker than it really was.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • Yet let no one think that irreligion is advocated in this book.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • Something was said, too, that I could not catch, about her irreligion.

  • We have, that is to say, been swayed by the spirit of irreligion rather than of religion.

  • To his violences of temper he added a reputation for irreligion.


British Dictionary definitions for irreligion

irreligion

noun
  1. lack of religious faith
  2. indifference or opposition to religion
Derived Formsirreligionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for irreligion

n.

1590s, from Late Latin irreligionem (nominative irreligio) "irreligion, impiety," from assimiliated form of in- "not" (see in- (1)) + religio (see religion).

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