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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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irreligiously adverb

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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 Then again, Nietzsche (with his famously irreligious views) might seem as curious a presence in a monastic library as a cartoon tiger. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Look, the reviewer insinuated, where that irreligious, materialist theory had led: to revolution, Jacobinism, regicide, the Terror! Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 The notion of a gay, irreligious man painting flamboyant popes and crucifixions, and then framing them in a way that self-consciously evokes the canon, is more amusing than most critics acknowledge. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 Throughout his campaign and early in his presidency, the unflappable support of many religious voters for an outwardly irreligious and lascivious politician confounded many in Washington and the media. Peter Manseau, The New Republic, 18 Sep. 2020 But as more people become irreligious, that’s changing, said Casey Brinck, a self-identifying religious none who serves as director of policy and government affairs at the Secular Coalition for America. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, 15 Sep. 2020 The former is very much a Millennial, at once underachieving, irreligious, and beset by ennui. Ross Douthat, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 Trump, thrice married and irreligious, has lived a life of opulence and publicity. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, 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, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of irreligious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irreligious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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