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 reverentially (audio) \ adverb

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Nowadays, Camp Flog Gnaw tends to offer some of the most dynamic and compelling lineups, which feel at once timely and forward-looking and, occasionally, reverential. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "The Quest for the Next Great Hip-Hop Festival," 10 July 2019 Yet President Donald Trump, who has been sharply critical of the international order, gave a reverential speech at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial where 9,000 U.S. servicemen are buried. The Christian Science Monitor, "Enjoying more than just the game," 7 June 2019 Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes get reverential treatment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Caddie film ‘Loopers’ sheds new light on a golfer’s most important teammate," 6 June 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reverential

formal : showing or having a lot of respect

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