rev·​er·​en·​tial | \ ˌre-və-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce reverential (audio) \

Definition of reverential

1 : expressing or having a quality of reverence reverential awe
2 : inspiring reverence

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reverentially \ ˌre-​və-​ˈren(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce reverential (audio) \ adverb

Examples of reverential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington—once so polemical—is now thought by many to be as close to reverential perfection as a war memorial can be. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The only living artist who ever visited my gallery was an elderly woman, walking with a caretaker and a cane, whom the owner spoke to in reverential tones. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 If Jones was relieved, his colleagues were reverential., 2 May 2021 While a little self-reverential about both the art form and about Lincoln Center itself, this show can’t help but tingle spines, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis in absolutely peak form. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 The experience feels reverential, an echo of the tombs where the works received offerings meant to animate spirits., 24 Mar. 2021 Internationally, even the most diplomatic responses have been telling, straying far outside the usual reverential tone when discussing the royals. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2021 In dozens of interviews across the country, supporters spoke of Trump in reverential terms as the only president in memory who stood for working people rather than the elite. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Jan. 2021 Smith spoke in reverential tones of the banners that hang at Warrior Ice Arena, the Hall of Famers who have played here, and the rabid local support. Matt Porter,, 11 Jan. 2021

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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

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The first known use of reverential was circa 1555

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3 Jun 2021

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“Reverential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverential

formal : showing or having a lot of respect

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