irreverent

adjective
ir·rev·er·ent | \ i-ˈrev-rənt , ˌi(r)- , -ˈre-və- ; -ˈre-vərnt \

Definition of irreverent 

: lacking proper respect or seriousness also : satiric

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Other words from irreverent

irreverently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for irreverent

Synonyms

blasphemous, impious, profane, sacrilegious

Antonyms

pious, reverent

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Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor. irreverent behavior during church services

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What McHugh favored was the fantastic, the caustic, the nakedly human, art with an irreverent or whimsical sense of humor, and art with little remove from raw physicality. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Although the theme of family is at the center of Deadpool 2, director David Leitch assures that the sequel is still as crude, violent, and irreverent as its 2016 predecessor. Paul Chi, HWD, "Ryan Reynolds’s Surprise Inspiration for Deadpool 2: His Wife, Blake Lively," 15 May 2018 But there were disappointments too: stans for David Lynch’s bizarre Twin Peaks, Emilia Clarke’s fearsome turn in Game of Thrones or the irreverent Netflix true crime spoof American Vandal will certainly be disappointed. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Only Adler, known for his easy laughter and irreverent nature, can't help interjecting a good-natured dig at his former frontman. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Ex-Guns N' Roses Drummer Steven Adler on New Band With Constantine Maroulis: 'I'm Finally Working With a Real Superstar Again'," 23 Apr. 2018 Sometimes scabrous and always irreverent, his cartoons swipe gleefully at disability and other sensitive topics, piercing the movie’s one-day-at-a-time orthodoxy. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 In addition to Legend, the cast included Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper as King Herod, and Ben Davis as Judas—who, in one of the show’s most irreverent twists, gets all the best material. Michael Hogan, HWD, "Andrew Lloyd Webber Isn’t Stressing Over His Potential EGOT," 20 June 2018 The unusual name combines the notion of bespoke designs with a more irreverent street looks. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 For 23 years, London Grill co-owner and Bastille Day co-creator Terry Berch McNally has appeared in frock and wig, swigging pink champagne on the prison parapet in the event’s historically irreverent portrayal of Marie Antoinette. Lauren Mccutcheon, Philly.com, "Eastern State Penitentiary's Marie Antoinette will toss Tastykakes Saturday for final Bastille Day," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of irreverent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for irreverent

Middle English, from Latin irreverent-, irreverens, from in- + reverent-, reverens reverent

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irreverent

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English Language Learners Definition of irreverent

: 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

adjective
ir·rev·er·ent | \ i-ˈre-və-rənt \

Kids Definition of irreverent

: not respectful “It seems irreverent, like running in a church.” —Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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irreverently adverb

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