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 In a state that takes its coffee very seriously, Lounsbury said Dutch Bros has thrived by being irreverent and offbeat. oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Over time, Cardenas gave them distinct personalities, partly inspired by characters from Seinfeld: the feline Bast as the irreverent, extroverted Elaine, and Anubis, the jackal, as the endearingly stolid Puddy. Christopher Ross, WSJ, 4 June 2021 The gory and irreverent superhero saga nabbed five nominations: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, as well as nods for sound mixing, visual effects, and music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2021 The Chinese Communist Party is remaking this city, permeating its once vibrant, irreverent character with ever more overt signs of its authoritarian will. New York Times, 29 June 2021 When Glenn Martens was born 38 years ago in Bruges, Belgium, Diesel was already five years into its journey to becoming the most irreverent label in global fashion. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 18 June 2021 But irreverent approaches and novel platforms do have one major problem. Annie Brown, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Tweets, quotes from pop culture, and playful illustrations in place of styled food photography enhance the irreverent tone. Layla Schlack, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 2021 BuzzFeed, the digital media company known for its irreverent lifestyle and entertainment content, is going public. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021

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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 Aug. 2021.

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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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irreverently adverb

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