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

Origin of irreverent

1485–95; < Latin irreverent- (stem of irreverēns) disrespectful. See ir-2, reverent
Related formsir·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for irreverent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for irreverently

Historical Examples of irreverently

  • This story, heartlessly and irreverently told, was the tragedy of my life!

  • And, irreverently, he was putting out a swollen tongue at his Managing Director.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • The forests, irreverently called "bush," are beyond words for beauty.


    David Christie Murray

  • Nor was this all: she irreverently persisted in her old inquiry of “What is the Church?”

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "Old Carboy is to have charge of us while the crowd are gone," said Sheffield, irreverently.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for irreverently


irreverential (ɪˌrɛvəˈrənʃəl)


without due respect or veneration; disrespectful; flippant
Derived Formsirreverently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreverently



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

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