[ rev-er-uhns, rev-ruhns ]
/ ˈrɛv ər əns, ˈrɛv rəns /


a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
the state of being revered, or treated with respect tinged with awe.
(initial capital letter) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually preceded by your or his).

verb (used with object), rev·er·enced, rev·er·enc·ing.

to regard or treat with reverence; venerate: One should reverence God and His laws.

Origin of reverence

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin reverentia respect, fear, awe. See revere1, -ence


rev·er·enc·er, nounnon·rev·er·ence, nounself-rev·er·ence, nounun·rev·er·enced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reverence (1 of 2)

/ (ˈrɛvərəns) /


a feeling or attitude of profound respect, usually reserved for the sacred or divine; devoted veneration
an outward manifestation of this feeling, esp a bow or act of obeisance
the state of being revered or commanding profound respect
saving your reverence archaic a form of apology for using an obscene or taboo expression


(tr) to revere or venerate

Derived forms of reverence

reverencer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reverence (2 of 2)

/ (ˈrɛvərəns) /


(preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest
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