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sir-reverence

[sur-rev-er-uh ns]
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noun Obsolete.
  1. (used as an expression of apology, as before unseemly or indelicate words.)

Origin of sir-reverence

First recorded in 1565–75; alteration of save your reverence
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Examples from the Web for sir-reverence

Historical Examples

  • A very reverent body; ay, such a one as a man 90 may not speak of, without he say Sir-reverence.

    The Comedy of Errors

    William Shakespeare


British Dictionary definitions for sir-reverence

sir-reverence

interjection
  1. obsolete an expression of apology used esp to introduce taboo or vulgar words or phrases

Word Origin

C16: short for save your reverence
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