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


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ir- +‎ reverent



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  • John Lennon was very irreverent and very intelligent.

    -Brenda Lee

    July 26, 2009