[ rev-er-uhnt-lee, rev-ruhnt-lee ]
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  1. in a way that exhibits deep respect or veneration:When the Mass finally ended, the urn was reverently placed in the front seat of an old fire truck, which led the long funeral procession up the steep hillside to the cemetery.The nun spoke reverently about the need to respect the spiritual beliefs of Native peoples.

Origin of reverently


Other words from reverently

  • non·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb
  • un·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby reverently Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use reverently in a sentence

  • There is a sign urging quiet, so you approach slowly and reverently, as you might an important tomb.

    My Visit To Hell | Christopher Buckley | January 30, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • They all bowed reverently, and were profoundly affected by the supplications of their Christian friend.

  • Then he placed it on the table, and very reverently he kissed the palm of Sara Lee's quiet hand.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The stranger came forward reverently to kneel between the two nuns.

    An Episode Under the Terror | Honore de Balzac
  • At the Porte de Laeken, the burgomaster, kneeling reverently, presented the keys of the city in a silver basin.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The writer came at length to the side of the dead prelate, and bent to reverently kiss the cold gloved hand of the mighty dead.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham