Definition of irreverent in English:



  • Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.

    ‘she is irreverent about the whole business of politics’
    • ‘The girl and her clan's rescue quest is exciting, irreverent and touching, but most often hilarious, in this new paperback.’
    • ‘Just as important, they are all bright and lively people and seem to blend a boundless enthusiasm with an irreverent sense of humour.’
    • ‘At this time of year, I hope it isn't irreverent to quote the Bible and say - I have kept all these things and pondered them in my heart!’
    • ‘The new arrival with an irreverent approach to the stuffy conventions and personnel of Parliament made an immediate impression.’
    • ‘This lack of a proper, irreverent perspective doesn't have to get the better of you, though.’
    • ‘Part of being funny is being irreverent and saying things other people might think but won't say.’
    • ‘Generations later, the stories are still as rude, irreverent and colourful as they were way back then.’
    • ‘Mentioning our site shows remarkable taste and intelligence, as well as an irreverent sense of fun.’
    • ‘Still, as Stockwell lies low until the heat's off, his irreverent sense of humour will of course be missed in cabinet.’
    • ‘With his irreverent sense of humor and a PC that could handle the games, he fit right in.’
    • ‘Abigail had a reputation for being a wild, irreverent and disrespectful young girl.’
    • ‘Some have been irreverent, some subversive and some confrontational.’
    • ‘Although a talented reporter and a graceful writer, he lacks Brown's irreverent streak.’
    • ‘It's great theatre: it's irreverent, rude to the establishment and is prepared to take chances.’
    • ‘Sir Bob did talk the talk, however, and still no rock star talks with more humanity, irreverent humour, passion and compassion.’
    • ‘Even the irreverent Campbell was praised for the respectful tone with which he responded to Hutton's questions.’
    • ‘Student films have a reputation of being somewhat obscure and irreverent, but nonetheless entertaining.’
    • ‘She is witty and frightening exposing hidden anxieties or dismissing them with slightly irreverent laughter.’
    • ‘It has everything the irreverent worshipper could ask for.’
    • ‘The Colorado Springs Independent is a breath of fresh, irreverent Rocky Mountain air.’
    disrespectful, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, derisive, disparaging
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Late Middle English: from Latin irreverent- ‘not revering’, from in- ‘not’ + reverent- ‘revering’ (see reverent).