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

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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 Critics have compared them to everything from 3OH!3 to Sleigh Bells, but their irreverent mishmash of genres wouldn’t be possible without SOPHIE challenging concepts of pop years prior. Justin Curto, Vulture, "9 Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without SOPHIE," 6 Feb. 2021 All these Demi meets Demna moments have showcased another side to a brand known for its experimental sensibility and irreverent attitude. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "When Demi Met Demna: A Match Made in Heaven," 31 Jan. 2021 Blunt, urbane and irreverent, Mr. Urquhart possessed an understated sense of humor that showed through even in the face of his multiple brushes with death during peacekeeping efforts. Washington Post, "Brian Urquhart, a foundational leader at the United Nations, dies at 101," 3 Jan. 2021 Malouf was known as a tough but fair and insightful critic with an irreverent personality and big heart. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Dallas remembers influential food writer Mary Malouf, who died after being swept into the ocean," 9 Dec. 2020 Like any day on Instagram or Twitter, the newsfeeds are filled with funny, irreverent and occasionally enlightening posts. Rich Barak, ajc, "Entertaining ‘Happy New Year’ memes floating around social media," 31 Dec. 2020 Justin’s dad is a master of the one-liner, and the book is chock full of his pithy and irreverent words of wisdom. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 The series follows the drama and romantic exploits of British high society, with a sharp-witted gossip columnist voiced by Julie Andrews serving as our irreverent narrator. Washington Post, "8 hidden TV gems you might have missed (or forgotten about) in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Racial tensions, political divides, conspiracy theories, media disinformation and toilet paper shortages are among the other subjects revisited in this irreverent summation of the year from hell. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Spend your New Year’s Eve wishing ‘Death to 2020.’ You won’t regret it," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2021

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“Irreverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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


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

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