Definitions

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  • adj. Not reverend.
  • adj. disrespectful; irreverent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not reverend.
  • adj. Disrespectful; irreverent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not reverend.
  • Disrespectful; irreverent.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ reverend

Examples

  • She had never before encountered a clergyman so contumacious, so indecent, so unreverend — so upsetting.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Personally we look forward to an old age of dissipation and indolence and unreverend disrepute.

    Selections from Chapter XXXIX

  • They looked like a dreadful little Guy Fawkes procession, with that humped and unreverend mannikin bobbing and swaying between them.

    The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club

  • However depressing the thud of earth on the coffin-lid may be, it is music compared to the rattle of gravel and thump of spades which herald a premature and unreverend resurrection, enveloped in clouds of formalin and without benefit of clergy.

    The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club

  • And for a moment he bowed his unreverend gray head over her shrivelled fingers.

    The Line of Love Dizain des Mariages

  • His voice died into unintelligible mutterings, and his gray unreverend head sank upon the table.

    To Have and to Hold

  • The bland, elderish, clerical look faded; the face grew strangely young, the right corner of his mouth twisted upward, and his right eyelid drooped in a prodigious, unreverend wink.

    No. 13 Washington Square

  • Suddenly his mood changed; his eye dropped in its unreverend wink.

    No. 13 Washington Square

  • The knight's unfettered indulgence in sensual pleasures, his exuberant mendacity, and his love of his own ease are purged of offence by his colossal wit and jollity, while the contrast between his old age and his unreverend way of life supplies that tinge of melancholy which is inseparable from the highest manifestations of humour.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • The princely _sprezzatura_ of its ancient occupants, careless of these unfinished courts and unroofed galleries amid the splendour of their purfled silks and the glitter of their torchlight pageantry, has yielded to sullen cynicism -- the cynicism of arrested ruin and unreverend age.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete Series I, II, and III

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