- 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).
- to regard or treat with reverence; venerate: One should reverence God and His laws.
Origin of reverence
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Examples from the Web for reverence
They included the officers who had turned their backs on the Jumbotron, but there now was only reverence in their ranks.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Labor Day is always a day that blends celebration with reverence.Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
August 30, 2014
Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence.Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator
August 12, 2014
Lincoln was just wrong to hope that “reverence for the laws” would become our “political religion.”Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
I get the reverence for tradition that defines a place like Ole Miss.Heritage and Hate at Ole Miss
February 21, 2014
“His reverence is taking his after-dinner nap and may not be disturbed,” said the man.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He drew off: and then ran into the highest professions of reverence and affection for you.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It was to her the revelation of a heart, and she saw with reverence.Weighed and Wanting
As for his marvellous power, I shall bless it and reverence it all my life.The Bacillus of Beauty
To reverence in church, and to guarded language, he also exhorted him.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- 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
- (preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest
Word Origin and History for reverence
late 13c., from Old French reverence "respect, awe," from Latin reverentia "awe, respect," from revereri "to stand in awe of, respect, honor, fear, be afraid of; revere," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + vereri "stand in awe of, fear," from PIE *wer- "to be or become aware of, perceive, watch out for" (cf. Old English wær "aware, cautious;" see wary).
late 14c., "treat with respect, honor; venerate, pay pious homage to; esteem, value; bow to (someone); do honor to," from reverence (n.). Related: Reverenced; reverencing.