[ ir-i-lij-uhs ]
/ 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

ir·re·li·gious·ly, adverbir·re·li·gious·ness, ir·re·lig·i·os·i·ty [ir-i-lij-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪˌlɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/, noun

Can be confused

irreligious sacrilegious unreligious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irreligious


/ (ˌɪrɪˈlɪdʒəs) /


lacking in, indifferent to, or opposed to religious faith

Derived Forms

irreligiously, adverbirreligiousness, noun
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