rev·​er·​ent | \ ˈrev-rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio) , ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərnt \

Definition of reverent

: expressing or characterized by reverence : worshipful

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Other Words from reverent

reverently adverb

Examples of reverent in a Sentence

a reverent crowd of worshippers a reverent tone of voice
Recent Examples on the Web Scored for five voices, five unspecified instrumental parts and basso continuo, the music is reverent and wistful. New York Times, "Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer," 20 Mar. 2020 Read Yvonne Maxwell’s reverent love letter to the plantain, the workhorse of so many beautiful cuisines. Soleil Ho,, "Toast—thick, fluffy and crisp—is this artist’s unlikely muse," 11 May 2020 Titiev’s friends and colleagues speak of him in almost reverent tones. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Example Of Oyub Titeiv," 5 Mar. 2020 The album's nine canonical Christmas songs, steeped in Biblical imagery, are largely reverent to their source material. Sal Cinquemani, Billboard, "21 Best Christmas Albums of the 21st Century," 17 Dec. 2019 But its reverent attitude toward nature and wonder is a welcome addition to the cartoon canon. Christian Holub,, "Abominable is a snowy slice of familiar family fun," 25 Sep. 2019 Here’s the perfect day trip itinerary. 7 SEE: A parody of Disney princesses in San Jose Guggenheim Entertainment’s latest show is a not-exactly-reverent look at the world of Disney-style princesses. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 epic SF Bay Area things to do this first summer weekend, June 21-23," 20 June 2019 The reverent gentlemen of the cloister, gourmets to a fault, extolled his creations as good deeds shining in the usually rancid world of pastry cookery. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Yet his reflective, reverent writing offers a way of seeing and being in nature that provides a quiet complement to Gould’s legacy. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of reverent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin reverent-, reverens, present participle of reverērī "to stand in awe of, revere entry 1"

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The first known use of reverent was in the 14th century

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“Reverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverent

formal : showing a lot of respect : very respectful


rev·​er·​ent | \ ˈre-və-rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio) , ˈrev-rənt \

Kids Definition of reverent

: very respectful reverent mourners

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reverently adverb

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