Definition of irreverent
: lacking proper respect or seriousness; also : satiric
Examples of irreverent in a Sentence
He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor.
irreverent behavior during church services
Recent Examples of irreverent from the Web
A young William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe are brought together by an assassination plot in this irreverent comedy from Lifeline Theatre.
After a swinging first season in 2016, the Portland Pickles return to bring baseball for the fun of it to Portland's irreverent sports fans.
Yachty is a disciple of Lil B, the irreverent and cultish Bay Area rapper whose ethos of self-love and hyperpositivity continues to influence each new micro-generation of rap.
The gang's all here in this somewhat bloated, self-serious sequel, but the irreverent energy of the original is in short supply. 2 hrs.
For those not familiar with Simmons, he is known mainly for an irreverent comedy style that mixes detailed Boston homerism with strange shorthand memes.
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Origin and Etymology of irreverent
Middle English, from Latin irreverent-, irreverens, from in- + reverent-, reverens reverent
First Known Use: 15th century
IRREVERENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irreverent for English Language Learners
: having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful
IRREVERENT Defined for Kids
Definition of irreverent for Students
: not respectful “It seems irreverent, like running in a church.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
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