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irreligious

[ir-i-lij-uh s] /ˌɪr ɪˈlɪdʒ əs/
adjective
1.
not religious; not practicing a religion and feeling no religious impulses or emotions.
2.
showing or characterized by a lack of religion.
3.
showing indifference or hostility to religion:
irreligious statements.
Origin of irreligious
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin irreligiōsus. See ir-2, religious
Related forms
irreligiously, adverb
irreligiousness, irreligiosity
[ir-i-lij-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪˌlɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Can be confused
irreligious, sacrilegious, unreligious.
Synonyms
3. profane, sacrilegious, ungodly.
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  • He had not moral courage sufficient to withstand the irreligious fanaticism of his age.

  • Father Sergius knew this common, cold, conventional, and most irreligious type.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • That is to be irreligious,' and then he made the cross on his breast, as if I had put a bad thought into his heart.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • I can be religious and irreligious,' he said; 'I can be anything or nothing.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Here is a philosophy which obviously may be both as antihumanistic and as irreligious as any which could well be conceived.

    Preaching and Paganism Albert Parker Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for irreligious

irreligious

/ˌɪrɪˈlɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
lacking in, indifferent to, or opposed to religious faith
Derived Forms
irreligiously, adverb
irreligiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for irreligious
adj.

c.1400, from Late Latin irreligiosus "irreligious, impious," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + religiosus (see religious). Related: Irreligiously.

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