rev·​er·​en·​tial ˌre-və-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce reverential (audio)
: expressing or having a quality of reverence
reverential awe
: inspiring reverence
reverentially adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Still, his description of private equity investors raises an obvious question about why thumbsuckers in media and politics aren’t more reverential toward them. John Tamny, Forbes, 6 July 2022 For most of the 20th century, historians and biographers adopted a reverential tone toward the American Founders. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 24 May 2022 The Daniels explained the film's music and sound must be both reverential to various artists and genres, as the movie is to various film types, and unique. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2022 Reports from Boston and nearby towns often described the smallpox vaccine in reverential terms. Jess Mchugh,, 12 Dec. 2021 This reverential approach has inspired some other writers of color. WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Alana Uriell speaks of the Aviara Golf Club in near reverential tones. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 It is entrenched in the racist and colonialist notion of Manifest Destiny, in the reverential landscape paintings of Frederic Church, and in our ostensible handbook, the Holy Scriptures. Brett Berk, Outside Online, 19 Aug. 2021 Brussels sprouts with fish sauce and miso — brought so many of L.A.’s flavors under one roof in a way that felt reverential and connective. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reverential was circa 1555

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“Reverential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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