Definitions

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  • adv. In an irreligious fashion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an irreligious manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an irreligious manner; with impiety; wickedly.

Etymologies

irreligious +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At five minutes to twelve the soft tuning was again heard in the back quarters; and when at length the clock had whizzed forth the last stroke, Dick appeared ready primed, and the instruments were boldly handled; old William very readily taking the bass-viol from its accustomed nail, and touching the strings as irreligiously as could be desired.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Nicias, detecting the design, and seeing that his person was secretly kept in watch, proceeded to speak irreligiously to the vulgar of the Mothers, and showed many signs of disrespect, as if he denied and contemned the received opinion of the presence of those goddesses; his enemies the while rejoicing, that he, of his own accord, sought the destruction hanging over his head.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • For matter of Religion it would require a particular volume, if I should set downe how irreligiously they couer their greedy and ambicious pretenses, with that veile of pietie.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • The sermon is irreligiously long; and you are nodding -- in a doze!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 266, July 28, 1827

  • The story might be interpreted in many ways -- religiously, as meaning that spiritual insolence starts all human separations; irreligiously, as meaning that the inhuman heavens grudge man his magnificent dream; or merely satirically as suggesting that all attempts to reach a higher agreement always end in more disagreement than there was before.

    Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays

  • Both used the angular outlines, the burning transparencies, the fixed but still unfathomable symbols of the great mediæval civilisation; but Rossetti used the religious imagery (on the whole) irreligiously, Christina Rossetti used it religiously but (on the whole) so to make it seem a narrower religion.

    The Victorian Age in Literature

  • And a young maid in the hotel firmly believes that many of the fantastic shapes of rock were once people who (according to an old story), were turned into stone for behaving irreligiously on Sundays.

    Set in Silver

  • You speak too hurriedly, doctor, and, if you will pardon my saying so, too irreligiously. '

    The Bishop's Secret

  • "Please, Mr. Ishmael, please do not speak so -- so irreligiously," said Mr. Dove in an irritated but nervous voice.

    The Ghost Kings

  • He waited sometime before he was answered, repeating his summons violently at frequent intervals, and swearing irreligiously under his breath as he did so.

    Thelma

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