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Definition of Inri

The word inri is used in several expressions and refers to an unfavorable mockery that is made to a person to despise him or her, to discredit him or her. In turn, for Masons, the acronym INRI refers to “Igne Natura Renovatur Integra”, which means the phrase: the fire of nature renews everything.


  1. ● Mockery
  2. ● Contempt
  3. ● Disrepute
  4. ● Disrespect
  5. ● Failure to honor


The word inri finds its meaning in Christian history. INRI was the acronym written by Pontius Pilate on the cross where Jesus, the son of God, died. The initials inri correspond to the Latin language and mean: here lies Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews.

This phrase was written as a mockery and with an ironic sense, Jesus proclaimed himself king of heaven, when he died on the cross, Pilate, who did not understand how a king was able to let himself be killed in such a despicable way, had these initials engraved as a mockery of Jesus.

The word was written in three languages on the cross. Because of this, the word inri has taken on the meaning of mockery, contempt because with this word written in Latin was that they despised the son of God on the cross.


Inri is part of a Spanish expression in which the popular slang usually uses “y para más inri” referring to an unfortunate consequence, it means “y como si fuera poco”, “para más desgracias pasa esto”.

The sentence is valid although it is framed in a very colloquial context, inri also speaks of affront, public scorn, deceit, impudence.

In Catholic churches, the images of Jesus on a cross carry the word inri on a tablet.