adjective ir·rev·er·ent \-rənt; -vərnt\

: having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful

Full Definition of IRREVERENT

:  lacking proper respect or seriousness; also :  satiric
ir·rev·er·ent·ly adverb

Examples of IRREVERENT

  1. He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor.
  2. <irreverent behavior during church services>


Middle English, from Latin irreverent-, irreverens, from in- + reverent-, reverens reverent
First Known Use: 15th century
IRREVERENT Defined for Kids


adjective ir·rev·er·ent \i-ˈre-və-rənt\

Definition of IRREVERENT for Kids

:  not respectful <“It seems irreverent, like running in a church.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>
ir·rev·er·ent·ly adverb


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