irreverent

If you are irreverent, you don’t show respect toward something, like your irreverent singing of your school's alma mater in a funny voice.

To be irreverent doesn’t necessarily mean you don't like something; it’s just that you don’t display the same honor for it that other people do. You might have a more light-hearted approach, poking fun of the way other people seem to almost blindly show their devotion. For example, when people at the Louvre are standing in hushed awe in front of the "Mona Lisa" it would be irreverent to holler "What's so great about that?"

Definitions of irreverent
  1. adjective
    showing lack of due respect or veneration
    irreverent scholars mocking sacred things”
    “noisy irreverent tourists”
    Synonyms:
    disrespectful
    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
    blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious
    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
    aweless, awless, disrespectful
    neither feeling nor showing respect
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    Antonyms:
    reverent
    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
    respectful
    full of or exhibiting respect
    adoring, worshipful
    showing adoration
    awed, awful
    inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
    respectful, reverential, venerating
    feeling or manifesting veneration
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  2. adjective
    not revering god
    synonyms: godless
    impious
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
  3. adjective
    characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality
    “a certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner”
    synonyms: impertinent, pert, saucy
    spirited
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
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