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 Pompous Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), irreverent Laszlo (Matt Berry) and temptress Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) are among the vampires living on Staten Island for 200 years. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "‘Watchmen’ and ‘Black Mirror’ among Top 10 TV shows for 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 In less than three years, the irreverent young DJ had made it to WNBC in the No. CBS News, "Don Imus, controversial radio legend, has died at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 The irreverent mirror that Dream Job turned to audiences—and the ski industry at large—clearly hit a nerve. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Katie Burrell's 'Dream Job’ Pokes Fun at Ski Tropes," 27 Dec. 2019 Now, add the irreverent terms your wicked heart desires. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "How to teach your phone to curse," 17 Dec. 2019 By the two-thousand-tens, a consensus started to emerge that some of these jokes had not only been irreverent but also harmful. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Meghan Daum to Millennials: Get off My Lawn," 1 Nov. 2019 Take, for instance, the fabrics used for Oulton’s latest Noble Souls’ collection, which has a relaxed flair in comparison to the brand's more irreverent, statement pieces. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Art of "Humble Luxury" is the Key to Timothy Oulton's Business," 11 Nov. 2019 There are few characters more irreverent than Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the crew. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Sesame Street Is 50 Years Old! Here, 10 Muppets Who Tackled Tough Topics Through the Years," 10 Nov. 2019 Over and over, the irreverent, disparately themed videos Smith-Schuster creates (and stars in) champion the outcasts among us. Michael Mcknight,, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Irreverent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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