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

irreverently

adverb

Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

  1. He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor.

  2. irreverent behavior during church services

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Origin and Etymology of irreverent

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

IRREVERENT Defined for English Language Learners

irreverent

adjective

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

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

Definition of irreverent for Students

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

irreverently

adverb


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