irreverence

[ ih-rev-er-uh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF irreverence
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There was no irreverence in the exclamation that broke from the girl's lips.

To sell a church seems like the climax of irreverence; but they are doing as bad every day.

Her irony meant no irreverence but a vast derogation of Shad Wells.

"No, sir," said Tate, almost overpowered at the irreverence of his questioner.

There will be irreverence no longer, because I will not allow it.

"Five of you, Janey," said the wit with a child's irreverence.

In his boyhood one gets a flavor of irreverence which was slow in disappearing.

And then the vulgarity, the irreverence: they are almost identical, I think.

Irreverence portends defects of character and poverty of intellect.

It seems that there is nothing safe from the irreverence of American youth.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Latin irreverentia "want of reverence, disrespect," from irreverentem (nominative irreverens) "disrespectful, irreverent," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + reverens, present participle of revereri "to stand in awe of" (see revere).

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