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Hostility or indifference to religion.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) lack of religious faith
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) indifference or opposition to religion
ˌirreˈligionist n
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(ˌɪr ɪˈlɪdʒ ən)

1. lack of religion.
2. hostility or indifference to religion; impiety.
[1585–95; < Late Latin]
ir`re•li′gion•ist, n.
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Noun1.irreligion - the quality of not being devout
impiety, impiousness - unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
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References in classic literature ?
The worthy gentleman used his privilege as a Voltairean noble to stay away from mass; and great indulgence was shown to his irreligion because of his devotion to the royal cause.
This cavern of oblivion that was awaiting him, that he must enter--it was black and now more than ever his deep, simple irreligion refused to let fairy tales pacify him with the belief that beyond it was everlasting daylight.
Among the literary adventurers of the age who led wild lives in the London taverns Marlowe is said to have attained a conspicuous reputation for violence and irreligion. He was killed in 1593 in a reckless and foolish brawl, before he had reached the age of thirty.
A secular state is a state that purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion supporting neither religion nor irreligion. This posits that where religion begins, then the state ends.
The emphasis on the binary of Jewish "religion" and irreligion is especially pronounced in the United States, where national censuses have typically categorized Jewish identity in terms of "religion," but never "ethnicity" or "nationality." A particularly striking finding of a much-discussed 2013 Pew study of American Jews is that a vast majority of respondents whom the researchers categorize as "Jews of no religion" are married to non-Jews, and in over half of those cases are raising either non-Jewish children (37%) or children who partake of both Christian and Jewish religious celebrations (18%), evidently without a sense of contradiction.
Another definition says, A secular state is or purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion.
The position that Del Noce calls "natural irreligion"
Here indeed, as in every territory where the French domineer, appearances of irreligion too often strike the eye; neglected churches and plundered hospitals...
The definition of a secular state is where a country purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, thus taking the position of supporting neither religion or irreligion. There is a clear separation between religion and the state and in this neutrality, its three branches of government function.
The subtitles of both George Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge and his Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous indicate that these philosophical works fulfill a religious purpose, namely, to combat skepticism, atheism, and irreligion. (1) In both works Berkeley argues from the existence of the sensible world to the existence of God (2) as its cause.