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[rev-er-uh nt, rev-ruh nt]
  1. feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful: a reverent greeting.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for self-reverent


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

Word Origin for reverent

C14: from Latin reverēns respectful
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Word Origin and History for self-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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