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 The story was amazing and packed with luck and opportunity but more importantly with a reverent attachment to the investment itself, versus any goal of investment return. Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, Arkansas Online, 25 May 2021 Although a nominal Christian and not at all religious, I was moved by the reverent spirit and discipline that prevailed among the worshippers at Islam’s third-holiest site. Raja Shehadeh, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 There was a firing party, prayers and the reverent removal of the American flag from the coffin. New York Times, 8 May 2021 The slow movement was as contemplative and reverent as a prayer vigil, the minuet full of fine solos and delicious dynamic contrast. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 Couples Therapy is fascinated by the couples and creating portraits of their lives, but at its core the show is reverent about the practice of therapy. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021 For a man known for his colorful talk, the billionaire is downright reverent when talking about the brand-building bonus of his helicopter. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2021 Wreaths are then placed on the lawn in front of the Alamo church during a reverent ceremony. San Antonio Express-News, 21 Apr. 2021 The Irregulars, another Netflix release, out March 26, is the least reverent recent expansion of the brand. Judy Berman, Time, 26 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Reverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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

Other Words from reverent

reverently adverb

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