[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. irrelevance,
  2. irrelevancy,
  3. irrelevant,
  4. irrelievable,
  5. irreligion,
  6. irremeable,
  7. irremediable,
  8. irremediably,
  9. irremissible,
  10. irremovable

Origin of irreligious

From the Latin word irreligiōsus, dating back to 1555–65. See ir-2, religious

Related formsir·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 confusedirreligious 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 Formsirreligiously, adverbirreligiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for irreligious



c.1400, from Late Latin irreligiosus "irreligious, impious," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + religiosus (see religious). Related: Irreligiously.

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