rev·​er·​ent | \ ˈrev-rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio) , ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərnt \

Definition of reverent

: expressing or characterized by reverence : worshipful

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Other Words from reverent

reverently adverb

Examples of reverent in a Sentence

a reverent crowd of worshippers a reverent tone of voice
Recent Examples on the Web There was a reverent silence as the banner waved in the wind. NBC News, "For Black students, Mississippi's new state flag means end of a 'Confederate relic'," 7 Nov. 2020 Wanting better leaders never goes out of style, but the series’s reverent institutionalism now seems much more remote. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘The West Wing’ and David Byrne Stage America," 16 Oct. 2020 The remote acceptance speeches worked really well, and award presentations from essential workers — doctors, a rancher, a UPS delivery driver — struck a reasonably reverent tone. New York Times, "The Best and Worst Moments of the 2020 Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020 The most important of these virtues is a healthy and reverent respect for the equality of all men. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Self-Interest Is Not Enough: Lincoln’s Classical Revision of the Founding," 18 Sep. 2020 Who exactly are the people making the allegations, and would those comments square with Trump’s largely respectful and reverent attitude toward our veterans? Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Civil unrest, Trump's comments on veterans," 8 Sep. 2020 Throughout the album, The Mavericks’ versions of songs previously recorded by various Latin music stars sound both reverent and imbued with the band’s distinctive artistic DNA. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Mavericks’ all-Spanish album, ‘En Español,’ seeks to uplift and unify: ‘Music can help break down walls’," 23 Aug. 2020 In those moments, their voices lowered and became almost reverent, hushed with a pleasurable sense of conspiracy. B. Pietras, Longreads, "Secret Museums," 27 Apr. 2020 The points of the Scout Law are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Dallas News, "Leadership for life: Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for growth and responsibility," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of reverent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin reverent-, reverens, present participle of reverērī "to stand in awe of, revere entry 1"

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“Reverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverent

formal : showing a lot of respect : very respectful


rev·​er·​ent | \ ˈre-və-rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio) , ˈrev-rənt \

Kids Definition of reverent

: very respectful reverent mourners

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reverently adverb

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