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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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  • Nevertheless he reverently greeted the friar and bade him be seated.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
  • I said, as I picked Percy up and placed him reverently in my waistcoat pocket.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Monte-Cristo and his children found refuge in the hut of Alexis, to which Haydée's body was reverently borne.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • Let us reverently, but honestly, look the question in the face.

  • "With God all things are possible," reverently replied the other, laying a kindly hand on the young man's shoulder.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • What if Honora refused this gift laid so reverently at her feet?

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Carefully she folded the matted circle of feathers in its muslin covering and reverently replaced it in the bureau drawer.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • I took his old hand in mine and raised it reverently to my lips.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • And when she gave it to him he folded it reverently and put it away.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for reverently


/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 reverently



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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