Definition of Irreverent

1. Adjective. Showing lack of due respect or veneration. "Noisy irreverent tourists"




2. Adjective. Characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality. "A certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner"
Exact synonyms: Impertinent, Pert, Saucy
Similar to: Spirited
Derivative terms: Impertinence, Pertness, Pertness

3. Adjective. Not revering god.
Exact synonyms: Godless
Similar to: Impious
Derivative terms: Godlessness, Godlessness, Irreverence

Definition of Irreverent

1. a. Not reverent; showing a want of reverence; expressive of a want of veneration; as, an irreverent babbler; an irreverent jest.

Definition of Irreverent

1. Adjective. Lacking proper respect or seriousness; sarcastic. ¹

2. Adjective. Disrespectful, cynical, cavilling, querulous, or vulgar, where one's own feelings, or especially deference to the feelings of others, customarily command silence, discretion, and circumspection. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Irreverent

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Irreverent

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Literary usage of Irreverent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1893)
"WL Alden's "Christopher Columbus," written a few years back by the then funny-man of the New York Times, is a comic and irreverent manent value may ..."

2. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1810)
"... far have transported this illustrious senator, as to have induced him to countenance and support the very irreverent remonstrance of the city of London. ..."

3. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"And so we leave the bewildered Pythoness in speechless convulsions upon 'her tripod, and the irreverent audience rejoicing over the discomfiture of the ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... allegorizing type of commentary, who had inherited the Philonic tradition of the Alexandrian Jews, was essentially irreverent to the inspired authors. ..."

5. The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People by William Sewel (1844)
"... Where do you read that the carcase was called the Christ ?' This irreverent expression ... irreverent ..."

6. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"CHAPTER VI INSTRUMENTATION Influence of New Instruments in the Development of Orchestration—VV'hy "Additional Accompaniments" are irreverent—Variety in ..."

7. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1893)
"WL Alden's "Christopher Columbus," written a few years back by the then funny-man of the New York Times, is a comic and irreverent manent value may ..."

8. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1810)
"... far have transported this illustrious senator, as to have induced him to countenance and support the very irreverent remonstrance of the city of London. ..."

9. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"And so we leave the bewildered Pythoness in speechless convulsions upon 'her tripod, and the irreverent audience rejoicing over the discomfiture of the ..."

10. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... allegorizing type of commentary, who had inherited the Philonic tradition of the Alexandrian Jews, was essentially irreverent to the inspired authors. ..."

11. The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People by William Sewel (1844)
"... Where do you read that the carcase was called the Christ ?' This irreverent expression ... irreverent ..."

12. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"CHAPTER VI INSTRUMENTATION Influence of New Instruments in the Development of Orchestration—VV'hy "Additional Accompaniments" are irreverent—Variety in ..."

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