irreligious

adjective
ir·​re·​li·​gious | \ˌir-i-ˈli-jəs \

Definition of irreligious 

1 : neglectful of religion : lacking religious emotions, doctrines, or practices so irreligious that they exploit popular religion for professional purposes— G. B. Shaw

2 : indicating lack of religion

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Other Words from irreligious

irreligiously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for irreligious

Synonyms

godless, nonreligious, religionless

Antonyms

religious

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Examples of irreligious in a Sentence

raised in an irreligious family where the subject of God was never even discussed

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If the irreligious ever get serious about flexing their muscles politically, a lot could change in this country, particularly on church-state separation issues. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Americans With No Religion Greatly Outnumber White Evangelicals," 11 May 2018 And our country’s rapidly fragmenting political and cultural landscape casts frightening shadows when held up against a Church that continues its choppy engagement with an increasingly irreligious West. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?," 7 Sep. 2015 These early modern thinkers were not irreligious men; in fact, many of them were deeply pious, devoted to the Catholic or Reformed church. Steven Nadler, Time, "How to Fix American Stupidity," 12 Sep. 2017 These early modern thinkers were not irreligious men Steven Nadler, Time, "How to Fix American Stupidity," 12 Sep. 2017 The Haitian slave revolt at the turn of the 19th century was instigated by and for Christianized Africans, although whites depicted those seeking their freedom as irreligious savages. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, "Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century," 7 Feb. 2017 Modern liberalism draws much of its strength from younger Americans — Millennials who are more irreligious than their forebears. Jeff Cimmino, National Review, "Sanders, Ossoff, and the Hopeless Dream of a Religious Left," 13 July 2017 Though a profane and irreligious man, Trump sees the Middle East and broader foreign policy through a religious prism (a sign, perhaps, of Bannon’s influence). Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Trump’s Muslim Tolerance Extends Only to Autocrats," 22 May 2017 The numbers remained virtually unchanged and declared a clear preference for the faithful over the irreligious. Scott Canon, kansascity.com, "26 percent of Americans are atheist? Researchers say the godless are undercounted," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of irreligious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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irreligious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irreligious

: not believing in or practicing any religion

: having or showing a lack of respect for religion

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