ir·rev·er·ence | \i-ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˌi(r)-, -ˈre-və-;-ˈre-vərn(t)s\

Definition of irreverence 

1 : lack of reverence

2 : an irreverent act or utterance

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One of the Blitz Kids whose dandyish ways had an outsize impact on 1980s style, his early work was distinguished not only by irreverence, but also by a strong sense of narrative. Vogue, "Blitz Kid Stephen Linard’s 1980 Neo-Gothic Collection Anticipated “Heavenly Bodies” by 38 Years," 4 May 2018 His irreverence was usually heard in short bursts, often during musical introductions before a song was sung. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dan Ingram, Irreverent Disc Jockey, Is Dead at 83," 25 June 2018 Next to their louche irreverence, the language surrounding them has felt clumsy and overwrought from the beginning. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Throughout Moshfegh’s works, especially her short stories, her humor springs from irony and irreverence. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 Doonan, the writer and Barneys creative-ambassador-at-large, recounts with characteristic humor and irreverence how this came to pass. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018 In adopting the Deadpool franchise's overall tone of self-award parody and irreverence, the cinematic X-Force could very well adapt to fit the genre niches that aren't currently being served by Marvel Studios' superhero movie juggernaut. Meg Downey, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Potential of the Expanding 'Deadpool' Universe," 22 May 2018 His radio show is heard by 2.2 million listeners per week on 258 stations nationwide, its format mixing humor and irreverence on a variety of sports and pop culture topics. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Made in Miami: Why Le Batard, Stugotz signed contract extension to keep show on ESPN," 28 June 2018 And while the show’s host, Jamie Foxx, brought a welcome level of irreverence to the telecast, the show was in desperate need of those watercooler moments worth talking about the next morning. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Perspective: Chaos ruled at this weekend's BET fest — but the fans still flocked to celebrity," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of irreverence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ir·rev·er·ence | \i-ˈre-və-rəns \

Kids Definition of irreverence

: lack of respect

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to reject or criticize sharply

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