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irreligion

[ ir-i-lij-uh n ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈlɪdʒ ən /
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noun

lack of religion.
hostility or indifference to religion; impiety.

RELATED WORDS

nihilism, infidelity, disbelief, unbelief, impiety, doubt, heresy, skepticism, irreverence, paganism, freethinking, iconoclasm

Nearby words

irrelatively, irrelevance, irrelevancy, irrelevant, irrelievable, irreligion, irreligious, irremeable, irremediable, irremediably, irremissible

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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British Dictionary definitions for irreligion

irreligion

/ (ˌɪrɪˈlɪdʒən) /

noun

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

irreligion


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper