• WordNet 3.6
    • adj irreligious hostile or indifferent to religion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Irreligious Destitute of religion; not controlled by religious motives or principles; ungodly. Cf. Impious. "Shame and reproach are generally the portion of the impious and irreligious ."
    • Irreligious Indicating a lack of religion; profane; wicked; as, irreligious speech.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irreligious Not religious; without religious principles; contemning religion; impious; ungodly.
    • irreligious Profane; wicked: as, irreligious conduct.
    • irreligious Synonyms Irreligious, Godless, Ungodly, Unrighteous, Impious, Profane, Atheistic, are words expressing the position or conduct of those who deny the existence of a God or refuse to obey his commandments. Irreligious means destitute of religion as a principle, contemning religion and not checked by its restraints; godless, acknowledging no God, disregarding God and therefore his commandments, sinful, wicked; ungodly, essentially the same as godless, but stronger as to both feeling and action; unrighteous, disregarding right, contrary to right and by implication (right being with this word viewed chiefly as the personal will of God) not only wrong or unjust, but sinful; impious, irreverent or contemptuous toward God, defiant or wanton in irreligion; profane, impious by word or deed, irreverent or blasphemous; atheistic, holding the doctrine of the non-existence of a God (applied, on account, of the natural tendency of men to deny the existence of a God where their spirit or manner of life is condemned by the teachings of the Christian religion, to whatever would be thus condemned or whoever thus denies). See atheous, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Irreligious ir-re-lij′us destitute of religion: ungodly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. irreligiosus,: cf. F. irréligieux,


In literature:

Not that she considered herself by any means an irreligious woman.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Martin harboured an irreligious reluctance to see the approach of Sunday.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
He said it was not only superstitious but irreligious; as pancakes meant "pan Kakon," all evil.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
This was all the more significant because Western Christendom in the 15th century was by no means irreligious.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
An irreligious dog aboard Captain le Harnois?
"Walladmor:" by Thomas De Quincey
Irreligious persons, fairies dislike, 18.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
To have altered the hour of eating would have seemed to him irreligious, revolutionary, altogether impossible.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
Now prayer, as everyone knows, is that which distinguishes the religious from the irreligious man.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
To speak in this way is not only unreasonable, but, as I view it, irreligious.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
No, there is nothing atheistic, nothing irreligious, in the attempt to conceive creation, as well as reproduction, carried on by universal laws.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various

In poetry:

Of all the days, throughout the rolling year,
There's not a day we pass so much amiss —
There's not a day, whereon we all appear
So irreligious, so profane, as this!
"Concerning The Sabbath" by Rees Prichard
A servant, that's like Joseph truly good,
Will bring a blessing on his master's head,
Whilst, Achan-like, an irreligious brood,
On thee and thine, will num'rous evils shed.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Apple, the brand, takes the place of religion for the irreligious .
In a recently published paper (see abstract) marketing scientists have come to an interesting conclusion: namely that for the irreligious , brands themselves are a religion.
Leon Wieseltier, a religious man with little sympathy for Christianity, and Christopher Hitchens, an irreligious man with almost no sympathy for Christianity, are both right to question Texas Governor Rick Perry's complacent displays of zeal.
All the current hullabaloo about whether Edith Stein was killed because she was a Jew or because she was a Roman Catholic is irreligious and irrelevant ("A Martyr of Auschwitz," by Susanne M Batzdorff, April 12).
Time for silver line to extend invitations to fill the black line in an irreligious country.