irreverence


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ir·rev·er·ence

 (ĭ-rĕv′ər-əns)
n.
1. Lack of reverence or due respect.
2. A disrespectful act or remark.

irreverence

(ɪˈrɛvərəns; ɪˈrɛvrəns)
n
1. lack of due respect or veneration; disrespect
2. a disrespectful remark or act

ir•rev•er•ence

(ɪˈrɛv ər əns)

n.
1. the quality of being irreverent; lack of reverence or respect.
2. an irreverent act or statement.
3. the condition of not being venerated or respected.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]
ir•rev′er•ent, adj.
ir•rev′er•ent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irreverence - an irreverent mental attitude
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
profaneness - an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
reverence - a reverent mental attitude
2.irreverence - a disrespectful actirreverence - a disrespectful act      
evil, wickedness, immorality, iniquity - morally objectionable behavior
desecration, profanation, sacrilege, blasphemy - blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"

irreverence

noun disrespect, cheek (informal), impertinence, sauce (informal), mockery, derision, lack of respect, impudence, flippancy, cheekiness (informal) His irreverence for authority marks him out as a troublemaker.

irreverence

noun
Lack of proper respect:
Translations
عَدَم إحْتِرام
neúcta
uærbødighed
óvirîing
saygısızlık

irreverence

[ɪˈrevərəns] Nirreverencia f, falta f de respeto

irreverence

[ɪˈrɛvərəns] nirrévérence f
His irreverence for authority marks him out as a troublemaker

irreverence

n (of behaviour)Unehrerbietigkeit f; (of remark, attitude)Respektlosigkeit f, → Despektierlichkeit f (geh); (of book, author)Respektlosigkeit f; (towards religion, the dead) → Pietätlosigkeit f

irreverence

[ɪˈrɛvrns] nirriverenza

irreverent

(iˈrevərənt) adjective
showing no respect or reverence (eg for holy things, or people and things generally considered important).
irˈreverently adverb
irˈreverence noun
References in classic literature ?
In this depth of grief and pity she felt that there was no irreverence in gazing at his altered, aged, faded, ruined face.
But now the idea came strongly into Hester's mind, that Pearl, with her remarkable precocity and acuteness, might already have approached the age when she could have been made a friend, and intrusted with as much of her mother's sorrows as could be imparted, without irreverence either to the parent or the child.
As if long habituated to such profane talk from his old shipmate, Bildad, without noticing his present irreverence, quietly looked up, and seeing me, glanced again inquiringly towards Peleg.
Some heads were bowed upon folded arms, some lay back with open mouths that issued unconscious music; the flies buzzed and bit, unmolested, the rats swarmed softly out from a hundred holes, and pattered about, and made themselves at home everywhere; and one of them sat up like a squirrel on the king's head and held a bit of cheese in its hands and nibbled it, and dribbled the crumbs in the king's face with naive and impudent irreverence.
Having discovered early in his career that his dignified person and fine voice caused people to stand in some awe of him, and to move him into the chair at public meetings, he had grown so accustomed to deference that any approach to familiarity or irreverence disconcerted him exceedingly.
But there was no sign of reawakening courage in his followers, rather, indeed, of growing terror at the irreverence of his words.
But he had felt warmly the delicate sympathy with himself that underlay Valentin's fraternal irreverence, and he was most unwilling that his friend should pay a tax upon it.
The painter--as Allston did--leaves half his conception on the canvas to sadden us with its imperfect beauty, and goes to picture forth the whole, if it be no irreverence to say so, in the hues of heaven.
I am afraid, Senor, that you are affected by the spirit of scoffing and irreverence which pervades this unhappy country of France in which both you and I are strangers, I believe.
Hilbery was relieved and secretly amused at the thought of the interview, although he could not license such irreverence outwardly.
what a disrespectful way to speak of that great man," said grandma, shocked at Young America's irreverence.
That is a circumstance which, without actual irreverence, one may wish had been ordered otherwise.