irreverent

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

Definition of irreverent

  1. :  lacking proper respect or seriousness; also :  satiric

irreverently

adverb

Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

  1. He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor.

  2. irreverent behavior during church services

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

irreverent

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

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

irreverent

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

Definition of irreverent for Students

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

irreverently

adverb


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