- not reverent; manifesting or characterized by irreverence; deficient in veneration or respect: an irreverent reply.
Origin of irreverent
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irreligious, impious, profane.
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Examples from the Web for irreverently
This story, heartlessly and irreverently told, was the tragedy of my life!Masterpieces of Mystery
And, irreverently, he was putting out a swollen tongue at his Managing Director.Tales of Unrest
The forests, irreverently called "bush," are beyond words for beauty.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Nor was this all: she irreverently persisted in her old inquiry of “What is the Church?”Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
"Old Carboy is to have charge of us while the crowd are gone," said Sheffield, irreverently.Down the Rhine
- without due respect or veneration; disrespectful; flippant
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Word Origin and History for irreverently
mid-15c., from Latin irreverentem (see irreverence). Related: Irreverently (early 15c.); irreverential.
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