AskDefine | Define irreligion

Dictionary Definition

irreligion n : the quality of not being devout [syn: irreligiousness]

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  1. The state of being irreligious.


Extensive Definition

Irreligion is a lack of religion, indifference to religion, or hostility to religion. Depending on the context, it may be understood as referring to atheism, agnosticism, deism, skepticism, freethought, secular humanism or general secularism.


Irreligious people may have convictions equal in depth to those of religious adherents. For instance, followers of the life stance of Humanism regard themselves as just as deeply believing in their life stance as corresponding to any religious belief.

Irreligious theist

Although people classified as irreligious might not follow any religion, not all are necessarily without belief in the supernatural or in deities; such a person may be a non-religious or non-practicing theist. In particular, those who associate organized religion with negative qualities, but still hold spiritual beliefs, might describe themselves as irreligious. It also must be noted that in countries such as China, the government discourages religion, and in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the government essentially requires religion, so the numbers might not be entirely accurate.

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irreligion in Arabic: لادينية
irreligion in Spanish: Irreligión
irreligion in French: Irréligion
irreligion in Korean: 무교
irreligion in Japanese: 無宗教
irreligion in Polish: Niereligijność
irreligion in Portuguese: Irreligião
irreligion in Finnish: Uskonnottomuus
irreligion in Turkish: Dinsizlik
irreligion in Chinese: 无宗教

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