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[rev-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌrɛv əˈrɛn ʃəl/
of the nature of or characterized by reverence; reverent:
reverential awe.
Origin of reverential
First recorded in 1545-55; reverent + -ial
Related forms
[rev-uh-ren-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛv əˌrɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
reverentialness, noun
reverentially, adverb
nonreverential, adjective
nonreverentially, adverb
unreverential, adjective
unreverentially, adverb Unabridged
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  • The reverential care bestowed on this grave is delightful to witness.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Stevie gave glances of reverential compassion to his brother-in-law.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • She was pure, reverential and pious in her ways and died at the age of seventeen.

  • The place and the time were conducive to the highest and most reverential feelings.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • They had often seen him at prayer, and now drew back in reverential silence.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • We ought to approach it wrapt in reverential awe and wonder.

  • The demeanor of the crowd of worshippers was quiet and reverential.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for reverential


resulting from or showing reverence: a pilgrimage is a reverential act, performed by reverent people
Derived Forms
reverentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reverential

1550s, from Latin reverentia (see reverence) + -al (1). Related: Reverentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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