[ uhn-ri-lij-uhs ]

  1. having no connection with or relation to religion; neither religious nor irreligious; nonreligious: His thinking, while unreligious, did not oppose religion.

Origin of unreligious

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, religious

Other words from unreligious

  • un·re·li·gious·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with unreligious

Words Nearby unreligious

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How to use unreligious in a sentence

  • Modern democracy is often looked upon as something peculiarly secular, unreligious, or even irreligious in its origin.

  • He was essentially unreligious, unphilosophic, true to his own instincts, but indifferent to all matters that lay beyond them.

    The Life of Bret Harte | Henry Childs Merwin
  • Nine officers of the escort stayed the communion to-day, which is a great many for so unreligious a country as India.

    Up the Country | Emily Eden
  • They were serious people in an unreligious way, or rather an unecclesiastical way.

    The Daughter of the Storage | William Dean Howells
  • It can't be called an attack unless you feel that the mere mention of an unreligious idea is an attack on religion.

British Dictionary definitions for unreligious


/ (ˌʌnrɪˈlɪdʒəs) /

  1. another word for irreligious

  2. secular

Derived forms of unreligious

  • unreligiously, adverb

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