Definition of irreverent in English:


Line breaks: ir|rev|er¦ent
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛv(ə)r(ə)nt


Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously: she is irreverent about the whole business of politics
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  • Just as important, they are all bright and lively people and seem to blend a boundless enthusiasm with an irreverent sense of humour.
  • Although a talented reporter and a graceful writer, he lacks Brown's irreverent streak.
  • Still, as Stockwell lies low until the heat's off, his irreverent sense of humour will of course be missed in cabinet.


late Middle English: from Latin irreverent- 'not revering', from in- 'not' + reverent- 'revering' (see reverent).



Pronunciation: /-ˈrɛnʃ(ə)l/
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  • Yes, journalists may undermine elitism and establishment power in ways which are sometimes raucous and irreverential.
  • She is especially irreverential about the occupants of the Palace, past and present.


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  • He was also a fanatical steeple-chaser, of whom David says irreverently: ‘He used to fall off a lot until I started training his horses.’
  • ‘Blasphemy’ is speaking of god irreverently or ‘impiously’.
  • Conservative critics should pay closer attention to what South Park so irreverently jeers at and mocks.

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