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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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Examples from the Web for reverentially
Historical Examples
  • Kate took it reverentially, as if receiving it from the hand of her dead mother.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • And there we rested, reverentially impressed with the week-day sabbath.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • The Giffards joined in them reverentially, but Rose was full of wonderment.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • You all know their venerable names and how reverentially we have looked up to them.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • He knelt and reverentially bowed his forehead to the pavement.

  • We received it reverentially at her hand—it was heavy as lead.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • It is unbelievable, providential—and it is all you, he said reverentially.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • The other agreed, and after reverentially bowing to the ape, mounted on his back.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • That and every other new link between us will be reverentially valued.

  • Garnet raised his hands gratefully and reverentially upwards.

    Guy Fawkes William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for reverentially


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 reverentially



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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