Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hostility or indifference to religion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being irreligious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being irreligious; lack of religion; impiety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of religion; contempt of religion; impiety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of not being devout

Etymologies

From French irréligion, from Latin irreligionem. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the early Dramatic Lyrics and Romances, and in the plays, there is exquisite rendering of religion, and also of irreligion; but the religion is just the simple faith of Pippa or of Theocrite that “God's in his world”; and the irreligion is the Humanist paganism of St Praxed's, not so much hostile to Christianity as unconscious of it.

    Robert Browning

  • The prevailing state of the world is one of irreligion, which is bound to result in anarchy and confusion.

    Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era

  • In the early Dramatic Lyrics and Romances, and in the plays, there is exquisite rendering of religion, and also of irreligion; but the religion is just the simple faith of Pippa or of Theocrite that "God's in his world"; and the irreligion is the Humanist paganism of St

    Robert Browning

  • Russell is right, though, that 'irreligion' is a better label for Hume's position than 'atheism' it is also closer to what Hume's contemporaries meant when they called him an atheist than our own term 'atheist' is. posted by Brandon | 10:35 AM

    Hume and the Natural History of Religion

  • But this difficulty does not arise from the religion which begins in us, but from the irreligion which is still there.

    Pens��es

  • "You are giving a proof of irreligion which is in bad taste," said

    Caesar or Nothing

  • There is the pessimist who feels that the "irreligion" of to-day is responsible; there is the one who blames feminism; and there is the type that finds in Democracy and liberalism generally the cause of the receding old-fashioned morality.

    The Nervous Housewife

  • He could not bear that judgment so unjust should go forth against us, and, moved with indignation, he asked leave to defend his brethren, and to prove that there was in them no kind of irreligion or impiety.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03

  • They seem to be very like that theism or natural religion, which Christians profess to confound with atheism or irreligion which is their exact opposite.

    Emile

  • In 2007, a former student sued Corbett for a pattern of hostility "toward religion and favoring irreligion over religion."

    Steven Newton: Can Teachers Criticize Creationism in Class?

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