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

Definition of reverent

: expressing or characterized by reverence : worshipful

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 Today, this tradition has been culturally adapted, as the colonists preferred a more reverent observance for such a religious day. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 The cold, crisp morning had a reverent, unforgettable feel, recalled Champ, whose paternal grandfather fell for golf in part because of Elder and then taught the game to his grandson. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Early in the drive, the search party took one last reverent lap for oak samples. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Moreover, the cast’s acting choices tend to go with the obvious match for each oh-so-profound quote, producing diligently reverent, joyous or brooding intonations that would fit nicely in an undergraduate philosophy project. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 Alan Wake stirs in plenty of reverent horror references, but Stephen King’s influence is the most keenly felt, and this is a must-play game for his fans. Simon Hill, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 In a reverent speech, the producer marveled at the rapper’s raw talent and how his skill fueled a career that has lasted more than three decades, welcoming him into the institution. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2021 Swift’s reverent performance came in front of a crowd of 12,000 at the ceremony, held at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Michele Amabile Angermiller, Variety, 30 Oct. 2021 The installation — columns of light, shrouded in shadow — is both reverent and ominous, a memorial and a warning., 28 Oct. 2021

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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 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverent

: 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

Other Words from reverent

reverently adverb

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