[rev-er-uh nt, rev-ruh nt]


feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful: a reverent greeting.

Origin of reverent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin reverent- (stem of reverēns), present participle of reverērī to revere1; see -ent
Related formsrev·er·ent·ly, adverbrev·er·ent·ness, nounnon·rev·er·ent, adjectivenon·rev·er·ent·ly, adverbself-rev·er·ent, adjectiveun·rev·er·ent, adjectiveun·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedreverend reverent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of reverent

Historical Examples of reverent

  • He is so very young and reverent and tender, and in a way so unsophisticated.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was about to grasp him with the eager hands of reverent love: why did he refuse the touch?

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

  • A picturesque, old German virtuoso is the reverent possessor of a genuine "Cremona."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Said it made him feel kind of reverent and holy, almost as if he was in Paradise.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "The liberation of mankind," he added, and his voice was reverent.

British Dictionary definitions for reverent



feeling, expressing, or characterized by reverence
Derived Formsreverently, adverbreverentness, noun

Word Origin for reverent

C14: from Latin reverēns respectful
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Word Origin and History for reverent

late 14c., "reverend;" late 15c., "characterized by reverence, deeply respectful," from Old French reverent and directly from Latin reverentem (nominative reverens), present participle of revereri (see reverence). The sense of "reverend" was common 14c. through 17c. Related: Reverently.

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