ir·​rev·​er·​ence | \ i-ˈre-v(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce irreverence (audio) , ˌi(r)-, -ˈre-vərn(t)s \

Definition of irreverence

1 : lack of reverence
2 : an irreverent act or utterance

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Recent Examples on the Web Strikingly, this irreverence and humor reads less as a demystification of pregnancy and more like a re-enchantment of it. Laura Tanenbaum, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2022 The video, premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone, captures the playful irreverence Divino Niño was going after. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 15 Aug. 2022 Here, too, a certain irreverence (not to say assholishness) was part of the strategy. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 2 Oct. 2020 To fans, this irreverence and a refusal to play by others’ rules is a fundamental part of both his appeal and his success. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 July 2022 Letterman's irreverence felt perfectly calibrated to the younger audience that watched him and didn't need to worry about staying up past 1 a.m. Brian Lowry, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 Unfortunately, the first few chapters of the limited series are rough going, with a grating tone that aims for youthful irreverence à la Mean Girls or Glee and only occasionally reaches it. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2022 From Beyoncé to Britney Spears, the era’s stars served up chunky streaks, frosted lids, and chromatic lips with aspirational levels of irreverence and swagger. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 31 May 2022 This modest and pragmatic approach produces works of paradoxical complexity, notable for their breezy irreverence and their emotional and philosophical depth. Dennis Lim, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of irreverence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irreverence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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ir·​rev·​er·​ence | \ i-ˈre-və-rəns How to pronounce irreverence (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreverence

: lack of respect

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