ir·​rev·​er·​ent i-ˈre-v(ə-)rənt How to pronounce irreverent (audio)
: lacking proper respect or seriousness
also : satiric
irreverently adverb

Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor. irreverent behavior during church services
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irreverent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Irreverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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ir·​rev·​er·​ent (ˈ)ir-ˈ(r)ev-(ə-)rənt How to pronounce irreverent (audio)
: showing lack of reverence
irreverent joking and giggling in church
irreverently adverb

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