[uhn-ri-lij-uh s]


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
Related formsun·re·li·gious·ly, adverb
Can be confusedirreligious sacrilegious unreligious
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Examples from the Web for unreligious

Historical Examples of unreligious

  • This does not imply that it is irreligious, nor unreligious, nor sacrilegious.

  • For the unreligious it is a symbol of nothing, and so appears merely grotesque.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unreligious



another word for irreligious
Derived Formsunreligiously, adverb
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