irreverent

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ir- +‎ reverent

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irreverent (comparative more irreverent, superlative most irreverent)

  1. Lacking respect; not having or not showing respect for or seriousness towards something that is usually treated with respect; going against conventional precepts.
    an irreverent new work
    an irreverent examination of reviewing
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Bush Studies (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 28:
      Beyond the hut a clump of myalls loomed spectral and wraith-like, and round them a gang of crows cawed noisily, irreverent of the great silence.

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