reverential

adjective
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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Other Words from reverential

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

Examples of reverential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Older fans speak of the Rattler in the same reverential terms reserved for Isaac Curtis, Ken Anderson and Forrest Gregg. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sees the world from a wider lens," 8 June 2020 And how Socks on Fire is, in its unique way, a retort both catty and reverential, undergirded by a slim hope that someone lost will eventually find their way home. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Socks on Fire': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Reverential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverential. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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reverential

adjective
How to pronounce reverential (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reverential

formal : showing or having a lot of respect

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