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reverence

noun rev·er·ence \ ˈrev-rən(t)s , ˈre-və- ; ˈre-vərn(t)s \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of reverence

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

Examples of reverence in a Sentence

  1. 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, & Flavorings1992
  2. Reverence for or worship of the dead is found in all societies, because belief in life after death is universal. World Religions1983
  3. He took the command of this small party at once—the little girl and the little boy following him about with great reverence at such times as he condescended to sport with them. —William Makepeace ThackerayVanity Fair1848
  4. Her poems are treated with reverence by other poets.

  5. Their religion has a deep reverence for nature.

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Origin and Etymology of reverence

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin reverentia, from reverent-, reverens "respectful, reverent" + -ia 1-ia

Synonym Discussion of reverence

honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition.
    • the nomination is an honor
homage adds the implication of accompanying praise.
    • paying homage to Shakespeare
reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe.
    • great reverence for my father
deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence.
    • showed no deference to their elders

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reverence

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

Definition of reverence

reverenced; reverencing
transitive verb
: to regard or treat with reverence

reverencer

noun

Examples of reverence in a Sentence

  1. Only acquaintance with the great models of antiquity moves men to love and reverence the great authors of their own time … —John CliveNot By Fact Alone1989
  2. It is our most fundamental political document, reverenced by all, the supposed cement of our society, yet it is read by few and understood by fewer still. —David M. KennedyNew York Times Book Review14 Sept. 1986
  3. None of us like mediocrity, but we all reverence perfection. —Mark TwainA Tramp Abroad1880
  4. devotees coming to reverence their god

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Origin and Etymology of reverence

Middle English reverencen, derivative of reverence reverence

Synonym Discussion of reverence

revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling.
    • a professor revered by her students
reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring.
    • reverenced the academy's code of honor
venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age.
    • heroes still venerated
worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony.
    • worships their memory
adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment.
    • we adored our doctor

REVERENCE Defined for English Language Learners

reverence

noun

Definition of reverence for English Language Learners

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


REVERENCE Defined for Kids

reverence

noun rev·er·ence \ ˈre-və-rəns , ˈrev-rəns \

Definition of reverence for Students

: honor and respect often mixed with love and awe


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