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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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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 Trump, thrice married and irreligious, has lived a life of opulence and publicity. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, "Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Is One Despot Trump Might Not Win Over," 3 Oct. 2019 Strict new quotas throttle religious education to the degree that some Hui intellectuals predict their people could become largely irreligious, like most of China, in two or three generations. Washington Post, "‘Boiling us like frogs’: China’s clampdown on Muslims creeps into the heartland, finds new targets," 20 Sep. 2019 The idea that the Vatican, with its doctrine of papal infallibility, would invite open debate about official religious doctrine shocked religious and irreligious people around the world. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of irreligious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irreligious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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