[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

Examples from the Web for reverentially

Historical Examples of reverentially

  • Kate took it reverentially, as if receiving it from the hand of her dead mother.

  • And there we rested, reverentially impressed with the week-day sabbath.


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • The Giffards joined in them reverentially, but Rose was full of wonderment.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • You all know their venerable names and how reverentially we have looked up to them.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

  • He knelt and reverentially bowed his forehead to the pavement.

British Dictionary definitions for reverentially



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 reverentially



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

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