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sir-reverence

[ sur-rev-er-uhns ]
/ ˌsɜrˈrɛv ər əns /
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noun Obsolete.

(used as an expression of apology, as before unseemly or indelicate words.)

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Origin of sir-reverence

First recorded in 1565–75; alteration of save your reverence

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British Dictionary definitions for sir-reverence

sir-reverence

interjection

obsolete an expression of apology used esp to introduce taboo or vulgar words or phrases

Word Origin for sir-reverence

C16: short for save your reverence
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