irreverent

[ ih-rev-er-uhnt ]
/ ɪˈrɛv ər ənt /

adjective

not reverent; manifesting or characterized by irreverence; deficient in veneration or respect: an irreverent reply.

Nearby words

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

Origin of irreverent

1485–95; < Latin irreverent- (stem of irreverēns) disrespectful. See ir-2, reverent

Related formsir·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for irreverent

irreverent

irreverential (ɪˌrɛvəˈrənʃəl)

/ (ɪˈrɛvərənt, ɪˈrɛvrənt) /

adjective

without due respect or veneration; disrespectful; flippant
Derived Formsirreverently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for irreverent

irreverent

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin irreverentem (see irreverence). Related: Irreverently (early 15c.); irreverential.

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