[ir-i-lij-uh n]


lack of religion.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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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