Definition of irreligious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌi(r)rəˈlijəs/


Indifferent or hostile to religion: an irreligious world
More example sentences
  • There are those who take the cover of religion to commit irreligious acts.
  • Our differences - male or female, religious or irreligious, rich or poor - matter not at all.
  • I have described the recent war in Bosnia and Croatia as a religious war fought by irreligious people.
atheistic, unbelieving, nonbelieving, agnostic, heretical, faithless, godless, ungodly, impious, profane, infidel, barbarian, heathen, pagan;
secular, humanist



Pronunciation: /ˌi(r)rəˈlij(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • What is being taught is rather leading to irreligion and immorality.
  • He did not see it as requiring neutrality on the part of government between religion and irreligion.
  • As its name suggests, the test prohibits the state from ‘endorsing’ religion over irreligion.


Example sentences
  • He was irreligiously spiritual, earthy but ethical.
  • More irreligiously, he adds, the city was founded by Satan.
  • It was outrageous that young Hindus should mark - however irreligiously - a day named after a Christian saint.


Example sentences
  • Through its irreligiousness, Holland runs the risk of becoming a backwater, van der Veer argues.
  • It is from this source that sin and irreligiousness flow, together with much misery.
  • Old prejudices, particularly about agnostics, remain - irreligiousness is seen less as a positive choice and more of a cop-out from someone who hasn't made up his or her mind yet.


Late Middle English: from Latin irreligiosus, from in- 'not' + religiosus (see religious).

Words that rhyme with irreligious

litigious, prestigious, prodigious, religious, sacrilegious

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Syllabification: ir·re·li·gious

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