One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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, disparagementView synonyms
- ‘She speaks of God or the gods with a delightful irreverence that never approaches blasphemy.’
- ‘And yet there's the childlike irreverence at times, the giggles, the non sequiturs, the references to such inane activities as shopping.’
- ‘She can then begin to rewrite them, with a twist, with humour, with irreverence, with blasphemy even.’
- ‘Goud has always exhibited a devilish irreverence for hierarchies, whether in art or in life.’
- ‘But you know it will all return, with more intensity, more wickedness and more irreverence - and so will you.’
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