[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reverberator,
  2. reverberatory,
  3. reverberatory furnace,
  4. revere,
  5. revere, paul,
  6. reverend,
  7. reverend mother,
  8. reverent,
  9. reverential,
  10. reverentially

Origin of reverence

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

Related formsrev·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reverence


/ (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 Formsreverencer, noun


/ (ˈrɛvərəns) /


(preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest
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Word Origin and History for reverence
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