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[ih-rev-er-uh nt] /ɪˈrɛv ər ənt/
not reverent; manifesting or characterized by irreverence; deficient in veneration or respect:
an irreverent reply.
Origin of irreverent
1485-95; < Latin irreverent- (stem of irreverēns) disrespectful. See ir-2, reverent
Related forms
irreverently, adverb
irreligious, impious, profane. Unabridged
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  • It is not humor that is irreverent, but the mind that gives it the wrong turn.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Not with an outburst of horror; he had not even been informed that he was irreverent.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The irreverent scoffer may call it "instinct," or talk about the "sense of smell."

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He could tolerate no irreverent spirits in the sanctuary of the mountain.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • For no matter how irreverent one likes to pose, one ought to reverence at least his Maker.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for irreverent


/ɪˈrɛvərənt; ɪˈrɛvrənt/
without due respect or veneration; disrespectful; flippant
Derived Forms
irreverently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreverent

mid-15c., from Latin irreverentem (see irreverence). Related: Irreverently (early 15c.); irreverential.

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