Definition of irreligious in English:


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  • Indifferent or hostile to religion, or having no religious beliefs.

    ‘an irreligious world’
    • ‘There are those who take the cover of religion to commit irreligious acts.’
    • ‘Our differences - male or female, religious or irreligious, rich or poor - matter not at all.’
    • ‘I have described the recent war in Bosnia and Croatia as a religious war fought by irreligious people.’
    • ‘I am so irreligious that atheism seems a religion to me.’
    • ‘Twenty years later, Justice Joseph Story likewise wrote that a father could lose his rights for ‘atheistical and irreligious principles.’’
    • ‘Governments gradually granted equal civil status to those holding a variety of religious and irreligious beliefs - a key condition for creating secular states.’
    • ‘Between a religious person and irreligious person there are many common meeting points which we require to explore ’, he observed.’
    • ‘Apparently it's a book of ‘extraordinary power’ which Dr. Williams hopes will spread ‘in epidemic profusion through religious and irreligious alike’.’
    • ‘I have many friends, both deeply religious and deeply irreligious, whom I much respect.’
    • ‘Does that mean that they're irreligious or are they not spiritual?’
    • ‘When three fourths of the whole world become irreligious, the situation is converted into hell for the animals.’
    • ‘People, religious and irreligious, are correct to insist that we practise what we preach.’
    • ‘Peter said that the drama, shot in a documentary style, was more irreligious than religious.’
    • ‘Shetland is the most irreligious place in the UK.’
    • ‘A traditionalist might easily jump to the conclusion that the show's second half is irreligious.’
    • ‘Nietzsche was perhaps the most colorful of the irreligious critics of the modern hopes for an individualistic morality that is applicable to all.’
    • ‘In an irreligious society, capital punishment teaches something else: that the state has absolute power over life.’
    • ‘Even if a person has left the Jewish fold, or is completely irreligious, it is still forbidden to help or cause him to sin.’
    • ‘The Czech Republic is largely irreligious, but the Slovak Republic is predominantly Roman Catholic.’
    atheistic, unbelieving, non-believing, non-theistic, agnostic, sceptical, heretical, faithless, godless, ungodly, unholy, impious, profane, infidel, barbarian, barbarous, heathen, heathenish, idolatrous, pagan
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/ˌi(r)rəˈlijəs/ /ˌɪ(r)rəˈlɪdʒəs/


Late Middle English from Latin irreligiosus, from in- ‘not’ + religiosus (see religious).