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[ rev-er-uhns, rev-ruhns ]


  1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.

    Synonyms: esteem, honor

    Antonyms: contempt

  2. the outward manifestation of this feeling:

    to pay reverence.

  3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
  4. the state of being revered, or treated with respect tinged with awe.
  5. (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.
  1. to regard or treat with reverence; venerate:

    One should reverence God and His laws.

    Synonyms: adore, honor, revere



/ ˈrɛvərəns /


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



/ ˈrɛvərəns /


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


  1. tr to revere or venerate

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Derived Forms

  • ˈreverencer, noun

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Other Words From

  • rever·enc·er noun
  • non·rever·ence noun
  • self-rever·ence noun
  • un·rever·enced adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reverence1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Latin reverentia “respect, fear, awe”; equivalent to revere 1 + -ence

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Example Sentences

That stance had nothing to do with my reverence for the theatrical experience — a darkened auditorium surrounded by strangers will always be the best way to watch a film created toward that end.

He’s, you know, such an icon in our industry and I have so much reverence for him and so much respect, so it was an honor to work with him.

Farah had great reverence for his new coach, and the pair enjoyed an almost instant leveling up in the athlete’s performance.

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I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term.

Walker said instructors emphasize reverence for human life and the dignity and liberty of all persons.

They included the officers who had turned their backs on the Jumbotron, but there now was only reverence in their ranks.

Labor Day is always a day that blends celebration with reverence.

Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence.

Bigger than ever, the sport is at a crossroads, teetering between reverence for its healing past and fear of a pain-filled future.

Lincoln was just wrong to hope that “reverence for the laws” would become our “political religion.”

I reached the spot where she stood, she began to speak, and I took off my hat as if doing reverence to an angel.

As you have already been told, Yung Pak had from his earliest days been taught the deepest reverence and honour for his father.

I have a strong reverence for traditions, and no taste whatever for democracy—that would be too long a step.

Car les Sauvages ayans encore de la reverence aux sepultures de leurs peres & amis, le vouloient porter au Cap de Sable 40.

This depth of emotion was entirely unaffected, and secured for her the peculiar reverence of the sacred sisters.