Definition of reverence in English:


Line breaks: rev|er¦ence
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛv(ə)r(ə)ns


[mass noun]
  • 1Deep respect for someone or something: rituals showed honour and reverence for the dead
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    • These words reflect the great reverence, respect and love that the Prophet always showed towards animals.
    • Respect, honour and reverence for the Lord are the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding.
    • Punchithaya's tryst with art stems from his admiration and deep reverence for Nature.
    high esteem, high regard, great respect, acclaim, admiration, approbation, approval, appreciation, estimation, favour, recognition; worship, veneration, awe, homage, adoration, deference, honour, praise; liking, affection, love; Roman Catholic Church dulia
  • 1.1 [count noun] archaic A gesture indicative of deep respect; a bow or curtsy: the messenger made his reverence
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    • When I got there in my family's carriage, Jean-Luc, my family's driver, helped me put down my baggage and I said my goodbyes to him, and he made a brief reverence and went back home.
    • The large, solid iron gates opened with an ear-piercing shriek and Ithelien carried me across it swiftly; the guards made a reverence as I galloped past.
  • 1.2 (His/Your Reverence) A title or form of address to a member of the clergy, especially a priest in Ireland: I regret, Your Reverence, that I cannot come to meet you
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    • If you want to be more polite you could use His Reverence.
    • An anonymous letter was later received by Jim Gahan, declaring his daughter's death served him right because of what he had been saying about ‘His Reverence.’
    • Your reverence, I saw four pure black bulls who came from the four directions to fight in the palace courtyard.


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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin reverentia, from revereri 'stand in awe of' (see revere).

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