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.
- non·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb
- un·rev·er·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use reverently in a sentence
If you grew up as a city kid in a hippie-ish family like I did, compost may have been something you heard spoken about reverently but which was relegated to farm life.How to start composting at home, even if you don’t have a yard | Kristen Hartke | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
I’ve spent an embarrassing number of hours looking at famous women close to my age as they reverently tend to their skin and bodies on social media.After the Pandemic: Are You Ready for the Old Normal? | Susanna Schrobsdorff | March 7, 2021 | Time
The Confederates reverently buried the remains of their own war dead.
Sen. John McCain spoke reverently of the man he had earlier tweeted was “a great mentor” and “one of the giants.”
Passing out Qurans to Afghan civilians, if done reverently, would work to build trust and restore order.The U.S. Military Should Hand Out Qurans in Afghanistan as a Good-Will Gesture | Richard Miniter | March 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is a sign urging quiet, so you approach slowly and reverently, as you might an important tomb.
They all bowed reverently, and were profoundly affected by the supplications of their Christian friend.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
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