Definition of irreverent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈrevərənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrevərənt//
(usually approving)
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not showing respect to somebody/something that other people usually respect irreverent wit an irreverent attitude to tradition The movie takes an irreverent look at the city. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin irreverent- ‘not revering’, from in- ‘not’ + reverent- ‘revering’ (from the verb revereri, from re- (expressing intensive force) + vereri ‘to fear’).
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