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[ir-i-lij-uh s] /ˌɪr ɪˈlɪdʒ əs/
not religious; not practicing a religion and feeling no religious impulses or emotions.
showing or characterized by a lack of religion.
showing indifference or hostility to religion:
irreligious statements.
Origin of irreligious
From the Latin word irreligiōsus, dating back to 1555-65. See ir-2, religious
Related forms
irreligiously, adverb
irreligiousness, irreligiosity
[ir-i-lij-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪˌlɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
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irreligious, sacrilegious, unreligious.
3. profane, sacrilegious, ungodly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had not moral courage sufficient to withstand the irreligious fanaticism of his age.

  • Father Sergius knew this common, cold, conventional, and most irreligious type.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • That is to be irreligious,' and then he made the cross on his breast, as if I had put a bad thought into his heart.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • I can be religious and irreligious,' he said; 'I can be anything or nothing.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Here is a philosophy which obviously may be both as antihumanistic and as irreligious as any which could well be conceived.

    Preaching and Paganism Albert Parker Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for irreligious


lacking in, indifferent to, or opposed to religious faith
Derived Forms
irreligiously, adverb
irreligiousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for irreligious

c.1400, from Late Latin irreligiosus "irreligious, impious," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + religiosus (see religious). Related: Irreligiously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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