[ ih-rev-er-uh ns ]
/ ɪˈrɛv ər əns /


the quality of being irreverent; lack of reverence or respect.
an irreverent act or statement.
the condition of not being reverenced, venerated, respected, etc.

Nearby words

  1. irresponsive,
  2. irresuscitable,
  3. irretentive,
  4. irretraceable,
  5. irretrievable,
  6. irreverent,
  7. irreversible,
  8. irreversible pulpitis,
  9. irrevocable,
  10. irrigable

Origin of irreverence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word irreverentia. See ir-2, reverence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irreverence


/ (ɪˈrɛvərəns, ɪˈrɛvrəns) /


lack of due respect or veneration; disrespect
a disrespectful remark or act
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Word Origin and History for irreverence



mid-14c., from Latin irreverentia "want of reverence, disrespect," from irreverentem (nominative irreverens) "disrespectful, irreverent," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reverens, present participle of revereri "to stand in awe of" (see revere).

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