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 Their reverence for the sport is total, while their irreverence reminds us the most important part of fun and games is the fun. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 The up-tempo American cooking is a blend of Southern, Southwest and Southern California influences, seasoned with a hint of rhythm and blues, a splash of color and a touch of irreverence. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The film’s a strange but potent mix of irreverence and patriotism. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2021 His irreverence, humor, and ability to evolve have enriched fashion, music, and entertainment as a whole. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 May 2021 But in hip-hop media, irreverence and toxicity go hand in hand. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 20 May 2021 The slapdash graphics used throughout add an irreverence and edginess. Sanford Stein, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Then again, a movie committed to either madcap irreverence or serious melodrama might have made that story point work. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Kemble brought the same irreverence to the furnishings. House Beautiful, 8 Apr. 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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