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[ih-rev-er-uh ns] /ɪˈrɛv ər əns/
the quality of being irreverent; lack of reverence or respect.
an irreverent act or statement.
the condition of not being reverenced, venerated, respected, etc.
Origin of irreverence
1300-50; Middle English < Latin irreverentia. See ir-2, reverence Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irreverence
  • He, however, became famous for zaniness and a comic irreverence that sometimes extended even to his sponsors.
  • Such irreverence towards the commanding heights of government would shock old wets.
  • But, maybe that's my sense of irreverence coming to the surface.
  • Forgive the mild irreverence and the blatant theft of an old joke.
  • There is a flippant irreverence in its jests and gibes which criticism is forced to condemn.
  • They carry their irreverence on their sleeve, treating the past as nothing but material for their trivial entertainment.
  • The quote is commonly recited for its wry pragmatism and seeming cynical irreverence.
  • The plot sounds hopeless, but the film is handled with gleeful irreverence, dark wit and cynicism.
  • He's a prolific guy, both in terms of science writing and in terms of irreverence.
  • Although the series is based on sacred texts, the popularity of the videos rests largely on their irreverence.
British Dictionary definitions for irreverence


/ɪˈrɛvərəns; ɪˈrɛvrəns/
lack of due respect or veneration; disrespect
a disrespectful remark or act
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Word Origin and History for irreverence

mid-14c., from Latin irreverentia "want of reverence, disrespect," from irreverentem (nominative irreverens) "disrespectful, irreverent," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reverens, present participle of revereri "to stand in awe of" (see revere).

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