[rev-uh-ren-shuh l]


of the nature of or characterized by reverence; reverent: reverential awe.

Origin of reverential

First recorded in 1545–55; reverent + -ial
Related formsrev·er·en·ti·al·i·ty [rev-uh-ren-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛv əˌrɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, rev·er·en·tial·ness, nounrev·er·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·rev·er·en·tial, adjectivenon·rev·er·en·tial·ly, adverbun·rev·er·en·tial, adjectiveun·rev·er·en·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of reverential

  • The reverential care bestowed on this grave is delightful to witness.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Stevie gave glances of reverential compassion to his brother-in-law.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • She was pure, reverential and pious in her ways and died at the age of seventeen.

  • The place and the time were conducive to the highest and most reverential feelings.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • They had often seen him at prayer, and now drew back in reverential silence.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

British Dictionary definitions for reverential



resulting from or showing reverencea pilgrimage is a reverential act, performed by reverent people
Derived Formsreverentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reverential

1550s, from Latin reverentia (see reverence) + -al (1). Related: Reverentially.

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