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
Is there a dark, off-color, irreverent humor that’s specific to military veterans?
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Bob the Drag Queen: Drag comes from a very irreverent culture.
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Powered by dazzling visuals and irreverent humor, this sequel to Marvel’s swashbuckling space Western is even wilder and more inspired than its predecessor.
As far as musical differences go, the broad stroke is Dave's more of a perfectionist, Stone's more irreverent.
Mel Brooks' irreverent parody Spaceballs soon became one of his most beloved films.
Both were made in 1961, both in black-and-white, and both show how, post-World War II, notions of art turned cynical, irreverent and self-obsessed.
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Origin and Etymology of irreverent
Middle English, from Latin irreverent-, irreverens, from in- + reverent-, reverens reverent
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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