Definition of reverential in English:



  • Of the nature of, due to, or characterized by reverence.

    ‘their names are always mentioned in reverential tones’
    • ‘Hicks offers a reverential homage to nature, while a slightly pompous drama slowly unfolds.’
    • ‘And at a time when the country needed to be cheered up, the sight of our reverential politicians getting the mickey taken out of them was as uplifting a vision as could be.’
    • ‘We must tread on nature softly with reverential silence.’
    • ‘If even the Holocaust, or, more correctly, the hushed and reverential tones in which we typically discuss it, is a fit subject for humour, then why not disability?’
    • ‘If anything she's too reverential and deferential.’
    • ‘The ambience is one of total comfort, without the reverential - and off-putting - hush that some ostensibly great restaurants seem to encourage.’
    • ‘I'm certain they had a Chess channel, where epochal matches of the past were recreated in hushed reverential tones.’
    • ‘You can't be too reverential or take those famous Pinter pauses - totally natural breaks in conversation - to an extreme, because it can get a bit stiff.’
    • ‘Wars grow to look the same, demonstrations are cut from a loop of video, and natural disasters have their stock shots, their reverential tone and their lexicon of clichés.’
    • ‘Fans still talk about it in near reverential tones.’
    • ‘While Gandhi wrote to Leo Tolstoy in the most reverential terms, the Count addressed him as ‘Dear Friend.’’
    • ‘There, most voices conjoin in reverential awe.’
    • ‘Nigel and Fergal look on with a variety of pained and reverential expressions - at one point actually sitting in pews while a survivor reads to the congregation from the Bible.’
    • ‘Damn, I was simply trying to strike the appropriate, reverential tone for this great institution.’
    • ‘But, for the most part, the media coverage of the pope's death has been intelligent, respectful, and even reverential.’
    • ‘Ancient Babylon, with its glistening towers and lavish horticultural cascades, must once have inspired similar reverential whispers.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was reverential, rather than tense.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was the violin's formidable heritage, or the choice of repertoire, which accounts for the politely reverential tone of much of the recording.’
    • ‘Out of respect for the lost leader, talk of a succession contest has been muted but, despite the reverential treatment, there is no rule in politics that states that the meek shall inherit the earth.’
    • ‘They have a special feeling to them, not the least of which is provided by the house itself which is grand and reverential and thick with age like its great works of art.’
    respectful, worshipping, worshipful, adoring, loving, admiring, devoted, devout, dutiful, awed
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