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[ih-rev-er-uh nt] /ɪˈrɛv ər ənt/
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 forms
irreverently, adverb
irreligious, impious, profane. Unabridged
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  • We didn't dare sing a real hymn, for fear it would be irreverent, so mother wrote the words of this one for us.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room Marion Ames Taggart
  • Those who heard about it were apt to be shocked and to consider it irreverent.

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • I don't think it's kind or considerate to me and, after you've just heard about Captain Ross's death, I think it's irreverent.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • Splinter struck in before he could finish his irreverent exclamation.

  • They represented him as a mere puppy, a silly and irreverent upstart whose impudence supplied the lack of policy and character.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for irreverent


/ɪˈrɛvərənt; ɪˈrɛvrənt/
without due respect or veneration; disrespectful; flippant
Derived Forms
irreverently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irreverent

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

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