• WordNet 3.6
    • adj irreverent not revering god
    • adj irreverent showing lack of due respect or veneration "irreverent scholars mocking sacred things","noisy irreverent tourists"
    • adj irreverent characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality "a certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Irreverent Not reverent; showing a lack of reverence; expressive of a lack of veneration; as, an irreverent babbler; an irreverent jest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irreverent 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Irreverent ir-rev′ėr-ent not reverent: proceeding from irreverence
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  • Robertson Davies
    “The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.”
  • Mark Twain
    “True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.”
  • Horace
    “I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. irreverens, -entis,: cf. F. irrévérent,. See In- not, and Reverent


In literature:

To thee he stands a warrior and a king, who rude irreverence may brook not, even from his brother.
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
The spirit of the age is irreverent, destructive, faithless.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
Irreverence or disrespect is a profanation, a sacrilege.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The nuns had told her that his refusal was due to his determination to discipline The Owl for his rudeness and irreverence.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
There was perhaps in this employment neither reverence nor irreverence.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
It would be so natural and fitting a punishment for an irreverent young woman.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
All his irreverent theories of hatred for the dead were left outside the door.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Do you never shrink from permitting irreverent eyes to look on Laura's beauty?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
We here see clearly, besides mere irreverence, an outcrop of pagan practices.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Do not profane it by a slight esteem, by an irreverent taking, by an unholy life.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various

In poetry:

with His old detachment, and the old warnings
still have power to scare me: Hybris comes to
an ugly finish, Irreverence
is a greater oaf than Superstition.
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden
Among the sons of an accursed century
I took my place at the irreverent table,
Where still was heard, under all the revel,
The moan of a helpless thirst for infinity.
"The Convert" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Through beautiful, bountiful forests that screen
A marvel of blossoms from heat—
Whose lights are the mellow and golden and green—
Bill walks with irreverent feet.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Instead, it's irreverence and cheap drinks that make for a regular stop.
Kurt Vonnegut : Letters' shows his distinctive mix of irreverence, irony, skepticism and homespun humor.
Salatin is the irreverent and passionate voice heard in author Michael Pollan's bestseller "The Omnivore's Dilemma".
An Irreverent Chronicle by Booth Mooney Crowell, 300 pp.
Irreverence is such a cheap commodity these days, available everywhere, that it can be difficult to imagine a time when an artist's nose-thumbing act could be termed radical.
Motley Fool Money is an irreverent, fast-paced look at the world of business and investing.
HBO is heading into some irreverent territory with a newsmagazine project with Vice.
Laurel Chiten shakes it up in more ways than one in an irreverent and humorous portrayal of people with the often misunderstood neurological disorder, Tourette Syndrome.
Sin City Blackjacks gamble on irreverent nickname.
Philip DeFranco, whose irreverent news roundups get as many as 3 million views, has been added to YouTube's new Elections Hub and will cover the conventions.
The Public's new alt-rock musical about Andrew Jackson mistakes a hipster-slacker viewpoint for actual, thoughtful irreverence.
An irreverent, humorous and honest look at what it is truly like to parent small children, the highs and lows, the thrilling parts and the not-so-thrilling-at-all parts.
At first, the call by two irreverent Australian DJs posing as royals was picked up by news outlets around the world as an amusing anecdote about the royal pregnancy.
Beano Cook, Irreverent College Football Analyst, Is Dead at 81.
Everything from the Resident Evil franchise to the more irreverent "Shaun of the Dead" and "Zombieland" have become really popular.

In science:

Sossinsky continues for 119 pages in that quick, vivid, irreverent way, telling the story of knots and knot theory from practical knot tying to speculations about the relationship of knots and physics. I will first give a personal sketch of some history and ideas of knot theory.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Gladyshev, V. 2000, Irreverible electromagnetic processes in the astrophysical problems.
Space-time anisotropy: theoretical issues and the possibility of an observational test