from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking or exhibiting a lack of reverence; disrespectful.
- adj. Critical of what is generally accepted or respected; satirical: irreverent humor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking proper respect or seriousness; sarcastic.
- adj. Disrespectful, cynical, cavilling, querulous, or vulgar, where one's own feelings, or especially deference to the feelings of others, customarily command silence, discretion, and circumspection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not reverent; showing a lack of reverence; expressive of a lack of veneration
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not reverent; manifesting or characterized by irreverence; deficient in veneration or respect: as, to be irreverent toward one's superiors or elders; an irreverent expression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not revering god
- adj. showing lack of due respect or veneration
- adj. characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality
It manages to remain irreverent from beginning to end, throwing sucker punches when you least expect it.
"We call it irreverent reverence," says Sabol, the company president.
Michael Atkinson at IFC News on 4: "[T] his is a raging, unsettling, rule-incinerating monster of a movie, treating the rules of orthodox narrative like toilet paper and engaging in irreverent structuralist hijinks that'd be hilarious if in fact the film wasn't chilling to the bone."
They thought the name irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and it certainly breaks the ice among the wine-phobic.
The unusual poetic visualization of the source works, which could be described as irreverent cinematic homage, has the potential to renew the traditional reading of such literature.
Now, the last time I looked, the word irreverent meant, showing lack of due respect or veneration, which would make Top Gear quintessentially irreverent, not almost.
Sutherland's attempt in England to do away with the dreadful shape which causes a shudder to all who have lost a friend -- that of the coffin -- was called irreverent, because he suggested that the dead should be buried in wicker-work baskets, with fern-leaves for shrouds, so that the poor clay might the more easily return to mother earth.
That is true, possibly because they found the name too irreverent.
"'Lord of the Rings' had that very serious, grand, epic tone, and `The Hobbit' is much more mischievous and kind of irreverent, which is a breath of fresh air for me."
Newell: Dastan is very athletic and irreverent, which is definitely like Indiana Jones, but my own influences were great stories like "Kidnapped" and "Treasure Island" that I read as a child.