rev·​er·​en·​tial | \ˌre-və-ˈren(t)-shəl \

Definition of reverential 

1 : expressing or having a quality of reverence reverential awe

2 : inspiring reverence

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from reverential

reverentially \ ˌre-​və-​ˈren(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of reverential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

There isn’t a driver in the series who doesn’t have a reverential word to share about Dixon. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: With Detroit victory, Scott Dixon continues ascent into IndyCar's elite," 2 June 2018 Drake on Thursday spoke in near-reverential terms about his new teammate, who broke into the league when Drake was just a grade-schooler. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "The Frank Gore signing is already paying dividends for Miami. Just ask Kenyan Drake.," 29 May 2018 Heavens, no: The show is deeply respectful of the world’s largest Christian denomination, even reverential. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 2018 In fact, the Met Gala 2018 theme could serve as a primer on how to be inspired by a culture without appropriating them: give credit, be reverential, and most importantly, offer said culture a seat at the table. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "The Met Gala 2018 Theme Isn't Cultural Appropriation," 9 May 2018 Like self-flagellation, the exercise takes on a reverential quality among followers. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It’s Been Bombed," 27 Apr. 2018 Forty-plus years after his death in 1977, Presley is not typically spoken about in such reverential terms. Dan Deluca,, "'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' aims to restore the King's reputation," 11 Apr. 2018 Elsewhere in the two Bellas Artes programs, Dudamel took reverential advantage of the orchestra’s greatest strengths. Mark Swed,, "In Mexico City, a famed orchestra is no match for the spirit of 160 student musicians led by Dudamel," 8 Mar. 2018 The 29th season premiere of The Simpsons was a reverential nod to the fantasy world of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, with plenty of sneaky Game of Thrones gags in store for fans of both popular franchises. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Game of Thrones," 2 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reverential.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reverential

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reverential

borrowed from Medieval Latin reverentiālis, from Latin reverentia reverence entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reverential

Share reverential

Statistics for reverential

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for reverential

The first known use of reverential was circa 1555

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reverential



English Language Learners Definition of reverential

: showing or having a lot of respect

More from Merriam-Webster on reverential

See words that rhyme with reverential

Britannica English: Translation of reverential for Arabic Speakers

Comments on reverential

What made you want to look up reverential? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!