Simple Definition of irreverent
: 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
Examples of irreverent
He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor.
<irreverent behavior during church services>
Origin of irreverent
Middle English, from Latin irreverent-, irreverens, from in- + reverent-, reverens reverent
First Known Use: 15th century
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