reverence


1rev·er·ence

noun \ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərn(t)s\

: honor or respect that is felt for or shown to (someone or something)

Full Definition of REVERENCE

1
:  honor or respect felt or shown :  deference; especially :  profound adoring awed respect
2
:  a gesture of respect (as a bow)
3
:  the state of being revered
4
:  one held in reverence —used as a title for a clergyman

Examples of REVERENCE

  1. Her poems are treated with reverence by other poets.
  2. Their religion has a deep reverence for nature.
  3. The national pickle dish, kimchi, is held in such reverence that Seoul boasts a museum devoted entirely to its 160 different varieties. —The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings, 1992

Origin of REVERENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin reverentia, from reverent-, reverens respectful, reverent
First Known Use: 14th century

2rev·er·ence

verb \ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərn(t)s\
rev·er·encedrev·er·enc·ing

Definition of REVERENCE

transitive verb
:  to regard or treat with reverence (see 1reverence)
rev·er·enc·er noun

Examples of REVERENCE

  1. <devotees coming to reverence their god>
  2. Only acquaintance with the great models of antiquity moves men to love and reverence the great authors of their own time … —John Clive, Not By Fact Alone, 1989

Origin of REVERENCE

(see 1reverence)
First Known Use: 14th century

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