irreverent

adjective
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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Other Words from irreverent

irreverently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for irreverent

Synonyms

blasphemous, impious, profane, sacrilegious

Antonyms

pious, reverent

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Examples of irreverent in a Sentence

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

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Call it a cheeky (if not downright irreverent) homage. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, "For the Fun of It," 8 Feb. 2010 An irreverent list of cocktails includes Mr. T's Mystery Tea (Jeremiah Weed, Chambord, lemon) and the must-try Kokeshi Mule (Deacon Giles spiced rum, ginger beer, cilantro, and lime). Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Caustic and irreverent by nature, Beames did not reach the top of his service. David Gilmour, WSJ, "Five Best: David Gilmour on Memoirs of British India," 22 Feb. 2019 Jeremy Scott is taking his consistently clever, irreverent take on the brand to the Italian capital’s Cinecittà Studios for what promises to be a dramatically cinematic celebration of La Dolce Vita as seen through his Willy Wonka lens. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 Those are the immortal final words of Caddyshack, the irreverent 1980 comedy that's become an endlessly quotable cult classic after bogeying at the box office. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Caddyshack': 5 wild things we learn about the Bill Murray comedy in new tell-all book," 24 Apr. 2018 Tracee Ellis Ross is known for her dynamic, artfully irreverent approach to social media, serious fitness, and fashion alike. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross Pulls Off a Shocking Beauty Risk on the Emmy Awards Red Carpet," 18 Sep. 2018 This feisty and delightfully irreverent memoir is a coming-of-age story for the over-60 set. Kathleen Hirsch, BostonGlobe.com, "A portrait of the artist as an older woman," 29 June 2018 What used to be a home for funny, irreverent comedy and harmless gags gradually transformed into an unaccountable cesspool of toxic actors and bad-faith harassers. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Sweden’s official Twitter account will no longer be run by random Swedes," 5 Sep. 2018

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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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irreverent

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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

irreverent

adjective
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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irreverently adverb

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