ir·​re·​li·​gious | \ ˌir-i-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce irreligious (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from irreligious

irreligiously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for irreligious


godless, nonreligious, religionless



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of irreligious in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

In Indonesia, for example, social media is encouraging irreligious millennials to become born-again, ultra-orthodox Muslims as part of a movement known as hijrah. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Haleem or Daleem? WhatsApp university fuels debate over Ramzan delicacy," 4 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'irreligious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of irreligious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about irreligious

Statistics for irreligious

Last Updated

17 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for irreligious

The first known use of irreligious was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for irreligious



English Language Learners Definition of irreligious

: not believing in or practicing any religion
: having or showing a lack of respect for religion

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on irreligious

What made you want to look up irreligious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!