V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a lack of respect or reverence

Synonyms: disrespect, disregard, rudeness, derision, impudence, insult, impiety, ridicule

Antonyms: reverence, respect, regard

Tips: The root word of irreverence is reverence, which means "deep respect." Adding the prefix ir- makes the word opposite. Therefore, irreverence means "a lack of respect." Irreverent is the related adjective, and describes lacking respect. Reverence and irreverence are usually used in the context of respect--or lack thereof--of a higher power or authority. Revere is the related verb and means "to greatly respect or admire."

Usage Examples:

At the Friar's Club Roasts, comedic irreverence is often used to honor celebrities. (ridicule)

It was the girl's irreverent attitude toward her teacher which caused her detention. (disrespectful) adjective

Her irreverence was totally out of character, since she was usually respectful and polite. (disrespect, rudeness)

The irreverence Mary showed her boss eventually got her fired. (disrespect, rudeness)

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