ir·​rev·​er·​ent | \ i-ˈrev-rənt How to pronounce irreverent (audio) , ˌi(r)-, -ˈre-və-; -ˈre-vərnt \

Definition of irreverent

: lacking proper respect or seriousness also : satiric

Other Words from irreverent

irreverently adverb

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Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor. irreverent behavior during church services
Recent Examples on the Web The result is an introspective — and at times uncomfortably irreverent — journey for both him and the audience. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 May 2022 Kody Green and Tella Carticelli, in love despite the best efforts of the world and their parents, steal a car (or a few) and road-trip through the American West in this irreverent debut novel. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Despite the Costume Institute’s theme, little about the energetic, irreverent celebration reflected the Gilded Age. Ian Malone, Vogue, 3 May 2022 This witty, irreverent adult coloring book offers a creative diversion, brain break and a good laugh. Stephanie Witmer, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 After his barely satisfactory performance in basic training, the irreverent Winger emerges as the figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits. Travis Bean, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 At least that’s what Primus’ Les Claypool and Gogol Bordello‘s Eugene Hütz sing about on their irreverent new track about Ukraine’s president. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2022 Gottfried was revered for his brash, irreverent style of stand-up comedy. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Ullman is a brash, irreverent English comic and actress, a veteran of London theatrical productions and two BBC comedy series. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Irreverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ir·​rev·​er·​ent | \ i-ˈre-və-rənt How to pronounce irreverent (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreverent

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

Other Words from irreverent

irreverently adverb

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