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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Examples of irreverence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The traits that have made Twain abidingly popular — humor, irreverence, deep thinking about the nature and promise of the United States — shine from its pages. John J. Miller, National Review, "Mark Twain in the Time of Cholera," 16 Apr. 2020 The women generally are more memorable than the men, with some mild amusement generated by Pinto's withering scorn and Bea's salty irreverence. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Love Wedding Repeat': Film Review," 10 Apr. 2020 Jack Whitehall hosted the Brit Awards for the third straight year with typical irreverence, including extended banter with friendly stars Lizzo and Harry Styles -- both of whom also offered memorable performances in the evening's first hour. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Dave & Lewis Capaldi Win Big, Billie Eilish Performs Bond Theme at 2020 Brit Awards," 18 Feb. 2020 The irreverence of Harrison Ford’s space cowboy, Han Solo, is sorely missed—especially by grown women in need of a reason to sit through this pricey toy store come to life. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," 12 Nov. 2019 Their first full-service place broadcasts their unmistakable brand of irreverence from the front window with a neon sign greeting passersby in the same custom bubble font used on the menu: HI HI. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "In Cobble Hill, the HiHi Room Stands Alone," 10 Jan. 2020 The main title sequence, by Elastic, nicely sets the tone of brash irreverence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 30 Dec. 2019 On Thursday, a day in SEC history that will forever live in glory or infamy but probably both, Mississippi State walked the plank of irreverence and hired swashbuckling football coach Mike Leach away from Washington State. Joseph Goodman |, al, "The SEC West has been on an historic bender," 10 Jan. 2020 Bennett, a British transplant who became obsessed with American soccer, brings a sense of irreverence to the travesty. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 20 Dec. 2019

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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 27 May. 2020.

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Kids Definition of irreverence

: lack of respect

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