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[mass noun] A lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.‘an attitude of irreverence towards politicians’
disrespect, lack of respect, disdain, scorn, contempt, derision, mockery, ridicule, disparagementinsolence, impudence, impertinence, cheek, flippancy, insubordination, presumptuousness, presumption, forwardnessrudeness, impoliteness, discourtesy, incivility, abuselip, nerveView synonyms
- ‘And yet there's the childlike irreverence at times, the giggles, the non sequiturs, the references to such inane activities as shopping.’
- ‘Goud has always exhibited a devilish irreverence for hierarchies, whether in art or in life.’
- ‘She speaks of God or the gods with a delightful irreverence that never approaches blasphemy.’
- ‘But you know it will all return, with more intensity, more wickedness and more irreverence - and so will you.’
- ‘She can then begin to rewrite them, with a twist, with humour, with irreverence, with blasphemy even.’
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