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

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“Irreverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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


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Kids Definition of irreverent

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

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