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[rev-er-uh nt, rev-ruh nt] /ˈrɛv ər ənt, ˈrɛv rənt/
feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful:
a reverent greeting.
Origin of reverent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin reverent- (stem of reverēns), present participle of reverērī to revere1; see -ent
Related forms
reverently, adverb
reverentness, noun
nonreverent, adjective
nonreverently, adverb
self-reverent, adjective
unreverent, adjective
unreverently, adverb
Can be confused
reverend, reverent. Unabridged
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  • He is so very young and reverent and tender, and in a way so unsophisticated.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was about to grasp him with the eager hands of reverent love: why did he refuse the touch?

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • A picturesque, old German virtuoso is the reverent possessor of a genuine "Cremona."

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Said it made him feel kind of reverent and holy, almost as if he was in Paradise.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "The liberation of mankind," he added, and his voice was reverent.

  • She was permitted to dust those she could reach, and her touch was reverent and gentle.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for reverent


/ˈrɛvərənt; ˈrɛvrənt/
feeling, expressing, or characterized by reverence
Derived Forms
reverently, adverb
reverentness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reverēns respectful
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Word Origin and History for reverent

late 14c., "reverend;" late 15c., "characterized by reverence, deeply respectful," from Old French reverent and directly from Latin reverentem (nominative reverens), present participle of revereri (see reverence). The sense of "reverend" was common 14c. through 17c. Related: Reverently.

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