ir·​rev·​er·​ence i-ˈre-v(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce irreverence (audio)
: lack of reverence
: an irreverent act or utterance

Examples of irreverence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather, members of the community participated in the collective consumption as an act of irreverence—a dispositional characteristic of the community's culture—and rebellion against traditional financial institutions like Wall Street. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 So, the same irreverence that The Boys has is in Gen V. Nick Romano,, 7 Sep. 2023 By contrast, Johnson and Sweeney bring an endearing irreverence to their characters that could be read as camp, if needed. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 The Piaget Polo personifies the flamboyance and irreverence of the time, and is quickly adopted by the beau monde and global jet set. Ming Liu, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 The two take part in a 30-second Super Bowl ad that mixes Lawrence’s trademark irreverence with the Game Day humor that viewers no doubt expect. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 Forty-six of its 109 pages are devoted to him and his work, as befits a voracious writer who could expound on garage-rock, heavy-metal, punk, jazz and more with equal skill and wit, insight and irreverence. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 The blocky, doodle-like figures that decorate the walls of the current restaurant’s bathroom and kitchen date from this earlier incarnation, and lend the restaurant a note of irreverence. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2023 Britons who were unfamiliar with Mr. Zucker’s track record have received a crash course this week in the pages of London newspapers, which have chronicled every twist of The Telegraph saga with their signature irreverence. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of irreverence was in the 14th century

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“Irreverence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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