ir·​rev·​er·​ence | \ i-ˈrev-rən(t)s How to pronounce irreverence (audio) , 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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With Reynolds' charismatic irreverence at its core, the pic moves from bloody mayhem to lewd comedy and back fluidly, occasionally even making room to go warm and mushy. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Deadpool 2': Film Review," 15 May 2018 While their performances failed to attain a national following, their free-spirited satirical irreverence arguably planted a seed that would later sprout around 1980 with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 More bloody and occasionally shocking than actually scary, Cabin in the Woods is pure irreverence, but it’s also solidly paced and assembled. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Andelman will curate a section of the Nike Unlaced website, bringing the joie de vivre and irreverence of her former store, Colette, into the activewear and athletic space. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nike Announces Collaborations with Martine Rose, Ambush’s Yoon, and Sarah Andelman," 29 Sep. 2018 Effortlessness, irreverence, and a laissez-faire attitude towards dressing is never out of style–especially for the aisle. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Beach Bride Breaks All the Rules," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce irreverence (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreverence

: lack of respect

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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